More flood victims seeking shelter in Sabah

Water everywhere: Civil Defence Force officers ensuring household equipment of residents in Sook, Keningau district, are covered after being moved to higher ground. — Courtesy of Civil Defence Force

KOTA KINABALU: A total of 206 flood victims are seeking temporary shelter at five flood relief centres following intermittent rainfall for the pass three days.

The state Civil Defence Force that acted as the disaster management committee secretariat said registration was still ongoing on the ground.

Putatan which is located near the state capital has two relief centres at the Taman Sri Serigai hall with 60 evacuees and the Taman Sri Keramat hall with 18 evacuees.

After a downpour early yesterday, the Mohd Dun Banir hall in Beaufort was reopened to provide shelter to 19 flood victims.

Tenom’s Kalang Kanar cultural house has 26 flood evacuees while the Kampung Pauh hall, Sook in Keningau, saw 41 victims seeking shelter there.

As at press time, the weather in these four districts has improved.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Department director Md Ali Ismail said they would strengthen logistics, including rescue equipment, in anticipation of more floods during the monsoon season.

He said they would make early preparations with more manpower on the ground.

On another matter, Md Ali said there were plans to increase the number of community firemen and voluntary firemen and cut down response time during emergencies.

With budget limitations to build more fire stations, he said these volunteers could play an important role during emergencies.

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