Penampang folks voice woes online after being hit by flash floods


KOTA KINABALU: Villagers hit by flash floods in Penampang and its surrounding areas are pleading for help as their properties and lands have been destroyed overnight.

Many have shared their woes on social media, especially through the "Penampang Voices" Facebook page, describing how their houses, cars, furniture and electrical appliances were wrecked by the floodwaters on Thursday (June 13).

Those living in the hills and near slopes have also expressed their worries of further landslides that could occur if another downpour hits.

Achael Mitchelle Peter Jimin said her mother's house at a hilltop was at risk of collapsing as landslides have been hitting their land for years.

"Yesterday, it happened again and a hut at the edge of the property was swept away," she said in her Facebook post.

Others have also called on the government to assist in lessening their burden following the floods that have been hitting Penampang almost every time a downpour occurs.

Moyog assemblyman Jennifer Lasimbang said she and her staff, together with consultants and Public Works Department officials had gone to various flood-hit areas after the rain and floods subsided.

"For now, we are working with the various agencies to access the situation at all these areas," she said.

She said their first action was to have the authorities, including the firefighters, clear fallen trees and landslides to make them accessible to road users.

"We are also going to houses to see whether those affected are safe to stay where they are," Lasimbang said.

She said consultants were present to give advice and recommendations to victims on the possible solutions to the problems faced.

She said it was not possible to help all private land and house owners using government funds, but they will do all they could to assist as much as possible.

Penampang MP Datuk Darell Leiking said efforts to help the victims have already started.

He also urged future structural projects to be done according to the safety requirements.


   

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