Floods: West coast, interior of Sabah put on alert with heavy rain forecast until Jan 12

KOTA KINABALU: The west coast and interior of Sabah, which has been spared the severe flooding in six districts of the state since the New Year, have been put on alert amid a forecast for more heavy rains until Jan 12.

All state authorities will remain on disaster alert as flood waters continue to recede in the northern and eastern districts with most of the evacuees returning home.

The state Civil Defence Force Department and other agencies are keeping a closer tab on the west coast and interior where rains are expected to last till Jan 12.

The department's state director Kol Sharudin Md Zain said that they were continuing to monitor updates from the Sabah Meteorological Department and also checking on the river levels from Irrigation and Drainage Department.

However, he stressed that the alert will remain across the state as it was difficult to predict the intensity of the rains and its affect over the state.

He said the measure to remain on alert was in line with the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) warning that Sabah and Sarawak should be prepared for more flooding in view of a warning of a possible monsoon surge triggered by continuous rain issued by MetMalaysia.

As of 4pm Thursday (Jan 6), of the 3,743 evacuees, only 281 people from 63 families in Paitan, Telupid and Sandakan remained at temporary flood relief centres across the state.

Other centres in northern Kota Marudu and Pitas were closed.

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