KOTA KINABALU: Flood victims in Sabah’s Penampang district continue to appeal for government aid to help them rebuild their lives following severe floods and landslides since last month.
Many of them hope that the government will give more assistance, especially for clearing their homes and roads of mud, fixing broken gravity pipes, as well as reconnecting electricity and water supplies.
Since the floods, many NGOs have stepped forward with donations and contributions.
Decy Ebol, one of the coordinators for the donations, said they were glad to see many people, even strangers, coming together to help.
“We are doing the best we can to rebuild our lives from the help we’ve received and continue to get so far. Hopefully, affected families can start living in their homes again in six months,” she said.
On Facebook, Javesa John of Kg Kodou said their roads and homes continued to be caked with thick mud, adding that they had tried to clean up the debris, but were unable to do so due to the rains.
Anthony Wong shared that he and his friends had visited villagers in Sugud and listened to their grouses about the lack of government aid.
Some have also asked about the lack of announcement for funding to help flood victims.
Highlighting that streets and a bridge connecting five houses to the main road in Kg Kodou have yet to be fixed, Bobby Matius questioned how rescue personnel would be able to get to their village should another disaster arise.
“Every time it rains, our place becomes like another river. Just how are we supposed to live like this?” he said.
Among some of the NGOs that have offered aid are the Kota Kinabalu Rotary Club and Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation.
Rotary Club members gave water filters to villagers of Kg Mahansung, Kg Timpangoh, Kg Kodou and Kaanapan, who are still facing water supply problems and have to rely on gravity pipes, as well as rivers and rainwater.
The team headed to the four villages on Oct 16, bringing with them 76 water filters for 106 families.
Flood victims in Kg Pangasaan Sugud and Kg Labak Kinarut also received water filters earlier this month.
Yesterday, the Tzu Chi Foundation donated funds to villagers in Kg Sudud, besides cleaning up and getting mattresses, as well as other essentials, for the villagers.
The volunteers also visited 13 affected villages to better understand their plight.