Flood woes continue in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - Flooding, landslips and evacuations across west coast Sabah continue as heavy rains triggered by the tail effects of Typhoon Vongfong over the last one week create havoc.

Residents remained alert bracing themselves for rising waters. Some were evacuated early yesterday as heavy rains coupled with 40kph winds knocked down power and communication lines, uprooted trees and blew away rooftops in many areas.

Two families comprising 11 people in Kota Belud and 14 others from Tuaran were evacuated by firemen following flooding which cut off main roads linking the state capital to several districts.

At least eight schools involving over 2,000 students and teachers from Kota Kinabalu, Papar, Kota Belud and Beaufort were closed as access roads were cut off.

Another two primary schools in Kiulu near Tuaran including SK Tudon were affected by landslides.

A family of seven fled their home when a landslip hit a room of the house in Kg Gudon of Menggatal here.

Fuel supplies expected yesterday have yet to reach interior Sabah's Keningau where petrol, diesel and cooking gas supplies are running out following the closure of the Kota Kinabalu-Tambunan road due to landslips.

The water level at Penampang's Kasigui and Moyog rivers were reported at 8.5m at noon, which is below the 10m danger level, while other areas around the district were hit by floods of between 0.3m and 1m.

The rain and strong winds that started around 9pm on Thursday forced several flights into Kota Kinabalu to be diverted.

Sabah Meteorological Department director Abdul Malek Tussin said the weather should improve from today with Typhoon Vongfong's tail effects weakening.

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