Floods: Sabahans reminded to stay on high alert as bad weather continues

KOTA KINABALU: People in Sabah, especially those living in flood prone and flooded areas, have been reminded to stay on high alert in view of the inclement weather that has caused floods in at least five districts in the state on Sunday (Jan 2).

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said safety should be placed as the utmost priority.

"Therefore, I urge everyone to take extra precautions. The state government will also ensure that all agencies throughout the state are ready to spring into action when necessary," he said.

He said the State Disaster Management Committee has activated 14 temporary evacuation centres in the affected districts.

As of 4pm Sunday, a total of 1,249 victims from 432 families have been evacuated to the various temporary shelters in Telupid (two shelters), Kota Marudu (seven), Paitan (two), Beluran (one), Sandakan (one) and Pitas (one).

Hajiji said security forces have been instructed to go to the affected areas as well as placed on standby in high-risk areas to assist victims.

"Emergency food aids are also being prepared for distribution to the flood victims as soon as possible by the relevant agencies," he said.

He assured that at the moment, the people's safety was the utmost priority of the government.

On Dec 29, Hajiji had instructed all disaster management committees in the state to be activated in anticipation of bad weather in the east coast and northern part of the state as forecasted by the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia).

The Chief Minister said he would be attending the post-North-East Monsoon Flood Disaster Management Task Force special meeting virtually.

The meeting is expected to be chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Monday (Jan 3).

Sabah’s bad weather, including continuous rains, strong winds and rough seas, are expected to continue until Jan 4.

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