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Monday, 17 July 2017 | MYT 11:49 AM

Sipitang situation improves as floodwaters recede

Firemen evacuating villagers in Sipitang on Sunday.

Firemen evacuating villagers in Sipitang on Sunday.

KOTA KINABALU: The flood situation affecting four villages in Sipitang has improved, with waters receding on Monday morning.

However, 127 people from 46 families had to be evacuated following the floods that began at about 6am on Sunday.

No casualties have been reported.

It was earlier reported that 105 people from 35 families living in Kg Mesapol Lama and Kg Kelamauh were evacuated to the Sipitang district council hall due to the flash floods.

Meanwhile, two men were killed in two separate fires that broke out in Papar.

In the first incident at about 8.15pm on Sunday, 80-year-old Awang Ismail Pangeran Sarifudin was burnt to death while his 56-year-old son Awang Mumin sustained burns on his legs.

Awang Ismail's body was found inside a hut in Kg. Seladan in Bongawan.

In the second incident, the charred remains of 36-year-old Mark Jamaing were found in the kitchen of his Kg Pedawan house which caught on fire at about 4am on Monday.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Department division operations chief Khatizah Rahaban said they received a distress call at 4.31am, and the fire was brought under control at about 5.22am

"We are still investigating the causes of the fires and the total losses incurred from both incidents," she said.

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