KOTA KINABALU: Floods in Sabah have moved from the east coast and interior towards Penampang, Inanam, Kota Kinabalu, Menggatal and Papar since late Saturday (Jan 16).
Heavy rain which started in the evening has led to thousands of residents getting stuck in traffic due to flooded roads, while many stayed awake due to rising water levels.
Social media was abuzz with photo updates of swollen rivers and floodwaters slowly entering homes, roads, and shops.
Meanwhile, displaced flood victims in Sabah have risen due to the weather.
A total of 176 people from the districts of Pitas, Beaufort, Paitan, Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Putatan are being placed at temporary shelters, with the number of temporary shelters going from four on Saturday to seven on Sunday.
Flooding has affected 147 villages in these areas over the last few days, while Kota Marudu, Kudat and Lahad Datu are also among the areas that have been affected.
Water levels in Tuaran and Papar have reached a level for caution.
According to the Meteorological Department of Malaysia, heavy rains are expected to last until Jan 18 for areas such as interiors of Sabah including Sipitang, Tenom, Kuala Penyu, Beaufort, Keningau and Tambunan, west coast areas, Kudat, Sandakan, and Labuan.
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