Flash floods hit Sipitang, Sabah

Flash floods at Sipitang.

KOTA KINABALU: A flash flood hit the south-western Sipitang district after the Sungai Menggalong burst its banks Saturday.

Incessant heavy rains in the area since Friday caused water to overflow from the riverbanks since 4am, said Sipitang police chief Deputy Supt Mustafa Osma.

He said several hundred people from six villages were affected by the floods, which subsided several hours later.

The affected villages were Kampung Batu 7, Pantai, Luagan, Skim, Sri Menanti and Ranau Ranau.

Mustafa said most areas were inundated under about about 0.75m of water. The flood also temporarily cut off road links along the Beaufort - Sindumin trunk road.

Mustafa said there were no evacuations from the flood hit villages.

Floods that hit part northern Sabah including Kota Belud, Kota Marudu and Pitas had also receded.

The 810 evacuees however remained at the Kota Belud community centre for now.