No new bookings until river water level drops, Sabah resorts told

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  • Tuesday, 30 Dec 2003

SANDAKAN: Five riverine resorts operating in the Kinabatangan area have been urged to stop accepting new bookings in view of the continuing flood situation in this east coast district. 

This was a safety precaution as the Kinabatangan and its tributaries remained at dangerous levels, said Kinabatangan district natural disaster relief committee chairman Abdul Latiff Kandok. 

“We do not wish to have any unwanted incidents as all the resort operators here are located near river banks which have overflowed,” he said when briefing MP for Kinabatangan Datuk Bung Moktar Radin at the district office yesterday. 

“Villagers involved in homestay programmes are also advised to take necessary precautions,” he added. 

Abdul Latiff advised the tour operators to inform the district operations centre at once if any of their tourists was trapped. 

“A rescue team is on 24-hour stand-by to assist in evacuating people,” he said. 

The lower Kinabatangan area of Sukau is famous for its wildlife.  

The floods that hit the district about two weeks ago have so far affected 2,219 people residing in 13 villages. 

Relief supplies have been distributed by the Community Development Department. 

Abdul Latiff, Moktar and others also visited various flood-hit areas in Sukau, Abai and Bilit. 

Moktar urged the state to help resettle villagers from flood-prone Pekan Bukit Garam, Sinar Jaya and Halat.  

The river water level receded to 13.02m over the past few days but still remained above the danger level of 13m.  

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