KOTA KINABALU: The flooding in the Membakut sub-district of Beaufort has worsened since Friday (Nov 8), with the number of villagers evacuated rising to 97.
The 31 families from five villages (Kg Baitam, Kg Baitam Laut, Kg Baitam Baru, Kg Jambatan Baru and Kg Kayai) are still seeking shelter at Selagon hall relief centre as at 11am Saturday (Nov 9).
The Sabah Civil Defence Force, in a statement, said while the water level at these villages have receded, authorities declared it was still unsafe for them to return home.
In the wee hours on Friday (Nov 8), some 20 villagers from Kg Bambangan were relocated to SK Bambangan following a downpour late Thursday (Nov 7) night, but they were able to return home before noon on Friday.
As at 9am on Saturday, the water level reading at Sungai Membakut was 6.56m, which is at the warning level.
The weather was cloudy on Friday night but intermittent rain started on Saturday.
“A total of 12 villages are affected by the flooding but water level at three villages - Kg Bambangan, Kg Sinoko and Kg Sindok - has receded and declared safe.
“The road leading to Kg Kayai is still not accessible for all vehicles.
“The authorities, including the fire and rescue department as well as the police, will continue to monitor the flood situation, ” the Civil Defence Force said in its statement.
Beaufort district officer Jupri Etok said if the rain returns later Saturday, they expect flooding to get worse at affected villages and might see more people evacuated.
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