Flood relief panel activated


  • Nation
  • Monday, 04 Oct 2004

KOTA KINABALU: Flash floods and landslips following rainy conditions over the last few days have prompted the Penampang district office to activate the district disaster relief committee. 

On Saturday night, floods and landslips cut off several villages and housing estates in Penampang area. No casualties were reported.  

The State Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Datuk Edward Khoo, said the committee would look into providing relief assistance to affected residents, while police and firemen would handle any emergency situations that may arise. 

Khoo, who was accompanied by Penampang district officer Stephen Sondoh, visited affected areas including the landslip-hit housing estates of Taman Penampang and Taman Landmark. 

A landslip crashed into the wall of a house in Taman Penampang on Saturday night and slightly damaged the rear portion of two-single storey houses. 

“Nobody was injured,” said Khoo, who ordered authorities to immediately lay canvas on the affected slopes to stop further erosion and take necessary steps to rehabilitate the slope. 

“The district office will act on these problems immediately. But we will have to come up with a long-term plan to alleviate the soil erosion problem along the dangerous slopes,” said Khoo, who is also Kapayan assemblyman. 

A meteorologist said that the current wet spell over Sabah, which was caused by the inter-monsoon season, was expected to continue until at the end of the month.  

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