Sabah's interior cut off by flash floods

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  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2014

Kiulu Assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai (right) as workers carry out repairs on the Tamparuli-Kiulu road.

KOTA KINABALU: Flash floods hit five districts following two days of continuous downpour that cut off links at three major roads into Sabah’s interior.

The heavy rains also pushed water levels at the Babagon dam in Penampang to its maximum 130.5m, with sirens sounded to alert villagers to stay away from the overflowing river.

Incessant rain since Monday had caused flooding in Menggatal as well as the Penampang districts.

Floods were also reported in Kota Belud as well as in Tuaran district where a low-lying bridge was completely submerged by Sungai Tamparuli for several hours.

The rains also brought traffic heading into Sabah’s interior to a halt with landslides blocking the Penampang-Tambunan trunk road.

Sabah Public Works Department director Datuk John Anthony said landslips also occurred at four locations along the Menggatal-Kokol road.

A road collapse also cut off links between the Tamparuli and Kiulu districts, leaving about 40,000 people stranded.

A photographer takes a picture of the swollen Tamparuli river that has completely submerged a low lying bridge.
A photographer taking pictures of the swollen Tamparuli river that completely submerged a low-lying bridge.

Anthony said PWD’s maintenance contractor was carrying out repair works on the damaged stretches on the Tambunan and Kiulu roads.

Kiulu state assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said the landslide, which occurred at about 11.30pm on Tuesday, affected some 40,000 people. He added that another landslide also buried a house in Kiulu but there were no casualties.

“The occupants managed to get out in time,” he said.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said he had advised all district officers to be fully prepared for any eventuality.

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