Flood situation in Sabah improving

Villagers from Kampung Gong Datok
observing the aftermath of a landslide on a road. Soil erosion in the area
worsened to the point that a bridge across nearby Sungai Gali that connects
their village was carried off by the currents during the flood. —
Bernama

Villagers from Kampung Gong Datok observing the aftermath of a landslide on a road. Soil erosion in the area worsened to the point that a bridge across nearby Sungai Gali that connects their village was carried off by the currents during the flood. — Bernama

KOTA KINABALU: The flood condition in three Sabah districts is improving with only eight relief centres operating yesterday.

All relief centres in Kota Marudu have been closed due to the receding water level, State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman said in a press statement.

In the interior Paitan, two relief centres with 65 villagers from 19 families were still open. In Pitas, six centres were still operational with more than 700 villagers from 232 families there, he added.

Various agencies, including the Sabah Civil Defence Department and Fire and Rescue Department, are now inspecting the affected villages to see whether residents needed to be evacuated or be given assistance.

Many of the roads which were submerged are now accessible while a section of a road in Pitas was reported to have collapsed due to the floods. So far, no casualties were reported due to the floods which happened last week.

In Sarawak, a total of 548 pupils in Miri and Bintulu were forced to skip school due to floods.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee Secretariat chief Major Ismail Mahedin said two schools in Miri and three in Bintulu were closed as at 2pm yesterday.

The affected schools in Miri were SK Rumah Ranggong, Subis and SK Long Sobeng, Baram. Those in Bintulu were SK Kuala Sigu, SK Genaan and SK Bukit Balai, Bernama reported him as saying.

He added that five other schools in Miri and Bintulu were also affected by floods, but the 301 pupils were able to continue with their lessons.

These schools were SK Bukit Mawang, SK Ng Penyarai, SK Kuala Bok, SK Sg Seputi and SK Sg Kelabit.

Ismail said the flood relief centre at the Marudi civic centre was closed after floodwaters in that area receded yesterday.

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