Eight flood relief centres open in Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas

The authorities in the midst of evacuating a flood victim in Kudat district on Monday.

KOTA KINABALU: Eight flood relief centres have been opened in the districts of Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas following downpours late Sunday (Jan 10) until the wee hours of Monday (Jan 11).

In Kudat, 71 victims from two villages and a quarters are being housed at SK Tun Mustapah, while the numbers are still being ascertained at the SK Sikuati relief centre as of 8pm.

It was reported that a total of 19 locations were affected by rising water levels in that district.

According to the Sabah state disaster management committee secretariat, the three shelters in Kota Marudu - SK Taritipan, SK Advent Damai and Dewan Kg Asin-Asin - housed a total of 665 evacuees, while data for SMK Tandek is still being updated.

The secretariat listed 14 villages in that district that have been inundated.

In Pitas, the SK Pekan II temporary relief centre has 10 evacuees but the number of flood victims has yet to be ascertained for the Dewan Kg Kusilad centre.

Authorities are on standby in the three districts as they expect to see more relocation, with villagers advised to move to safer locations due to rising water levels and the uncertain weather.

In Sandakan, two landslides were reported but there were no casualties or property damage.

The heavy rain started around 5am at the district in the east coast of Sabah, causing a landslide at KM1, Jalan Buli Sim Sim.

The area is still closed for clean-up and assessment work by the Public Works Department (PWD).

Another landslide at Jalan Buli Sim Sim near SK Sungai Anib has been cleared by PWD using crane machinery. The area is now accessible.

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