Seventeen roads damaged by floods in Sabah repaired

KOTA KINABALU: Repairs on the 17 out of the 42 roads damaged due to flooding and landslides from heavy rains in Sabah last month have been completed.

Sabah Public Works Department director Ali Ahmad Hamid said another 16 road links were currently accessible via one lane.

“The rest are being repaired in phases, ” he said in a statement on Friday (Feb 5), adding that some had alternative routes.

In late January, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor had announced that an emergency allocation of RM150mil had been approved to repair the infrastructure damaged by the floods.

He said however that they would still request funding from the Federal Government on roads that came under the federal jurisdiction.

Among the major incidents are the collapse of the parking lot near the entrance of Kinabalu National Park in hilly Kundasang, which repairs are estimated to cost RM40mil.

Villagers in remote Pitas were also cut off from road connectivity with food assistance given via helicopter and boats.

Another major link, the Penampang - Tambunan road, also needs repairs at a hilly section costing RM5mil.

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