Bung to act on flood woes in Kudat peninsula


State assistant minister in the Chief Minister Department Datuk Wetrom Bahanda(centre) at a relief centre for flood victims in Sabah's northern KOta Marudu district.

KOTA KINABALU: Comprehensive action will be taken to resolve flooding woes that hit Sabah's northern districts in the Kudat peninsula, says Datuk Bung Moktar Radin.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that the Public Works Department along with the Drainage and Irrigation Department would obtain details of the floods and its causes.

"We will meet to find ways to resolve it," Bung, who is state Infrastructure Development Minister, tweeted on Wednesday (Jan 13).

Over a thousand people were evacuated since Sunday (Jan 10) after heavy rainfall flooded low lying areas in Sabah northern districts of Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas amid incidents of at least five landslips along roads and crop damage from the floods.

The floods have begun to recede since late Tuesday (Jan 12) with improving weather.

Some of those evacuated have begun to return to their homes despite authorities expecting bad weather conditions to persist till Thursday (Jan 14).

State assistant minister in the Chief Minister Department Datuk Wetrom Bahanda said the state government would continue to monitor and provide assistance to all victims affected by the floods and landslips in Kota Marudu, Kudat dan Pitas.

"We will ensure everyone affected be given assistance," he said when visiting victims at evacuation centres in Kota Marudu.

He said relevant authorities were still on standby to carry out more evacuations if the situation arises again.

Wetrom, who is Bandau assemblyman, said steps were being taken to clear landslips and to ensure road links to and from the districts remain passable.

As of Tuesday evening, the Civil Defence Department disclosed that 1,361 flood victims from 17 villagers were being kept at four relief centres in the three northern districts.

Over 24 roads were also inaccessible following the floods on Monday (Jan 11).

Sabah's southwestern Beaufort district was also affected by floods with some 500 villagers evacuated.

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