Floods Reported In Tenom, Sipitang, Tongod And Ranau; Scores Evacuated

A section of the road at the KM5 Ranau-Sandakan section caved in Sunday night, but has since been repaired. – Photo source Facebook

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Torrential rains on Sunday night caused a section of the Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan trunk road to collapse about 5 kilometres from Ranau town.

However repair crews from the Public Works Department as well as a road maintenance concessionaire carried out immediate repairs to open one lane of the road, allowing traffic to pass through.

Faimin Kamin, the Ranau District Officer said traffic flow remained slow for now.

He also said heavy rains on Sunday also caused a flash flood, which has since receded, at the Sabindo business area near Ranau town.

MADIYEM LAYAPAN

In TENOM, a total of 276 flood victims were being housed at two relief centres in the district as of 10.23pm Monday night, said Madiyem Layapan, the Tenom District Officer.

He said 198 people were placed at the Ponontomon Cultural House and the remaining 78 at the Labut Open Hall in Kampung Labut Dua.

“The Tenom district disaster operation centre has been opened round the clock since 3pm today,” he was quoted as saying.

In SIPITANG, the number of evacuees at the Sipitang Multipurpose Hall increased to 181 persons from 55 families late Monday night.

Residents from five villages in Sipitang were evacuated after their homes were flooded following heavy rain last night, according to Khatizah Rahaban, the Sabah Fire and Rescue Services Department operations centre chief.

Flood victims from five villages in Mesapol, Sipitang being evacuated, At midnight Monday there were 188 evacuees at the flood relief centre. – Photo credit BOMBA Sipitang

The evacuees were from Kg Naluyan, Kg Mesapol Lama, Kg Babangkong, Kg Mesapol and Kg Kalamuah.

The department received an alert at 6.06am Monday following continuous rainfall since Sunday night, causing a nearby river, Sungai Lukutan, to overflow into the kampung.

“The road in Kampung Naluyan was impassable to light vehicles while that in Kampung Ulubole was impassable due to the collapse of a bridge,” it said.

Besides the Civil Defence Force, the Sipitang District Office, Royal Malaysia Police and Fire and Rescue Department also helped in the evacuation of the villages.

In TONGOD, another 50 people from 10 families were rescued after water levels rose at their homes at Kg Entilibon Asal, around 1.20am, Monday after the nearby Sungai Milian burst its banks.

A Civil Defence Department official said affected families had to take shelter in homes of their relatives while waiting for floodwaters to recede.