Heavy Rains Batter Labuan, Flooding 11 Villages

LABUAN: At least 11 villages and a residential housing area here were flooded following hours of torrential rain last night, forcing 23 people to be evacuated.

More than 10 houses were submerged underwater after heavy rains lashed Kilan, Sg.Buton, Kg.Sg.Miri, Bebuloh Darat, Batu Manikar, Lubuk Temiang and Ganggarak.

Other areas affected included Merinding, Rancha-Rancha Darat, Gersik, Saguking and Taman Mahkota Impian.

Volunteers waded through waist-high waters to rescue those trapped, especially children and the elderly.

The bad weather started at about 6 pm and the situation worsened when monsoon drains began overflowing. 

Labuan Natural Disaster Management Committee chairman Rithuan Ismail said of the total evacuees, 19 were placed at the Layangan firestation hall while the rest opted to stay with relatives.