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Sabah Floods: Situation improves but bad weather remains

KOTA KINABALU: A massive clean-up exercise is being carried out at five districts affected by the floods on Monday, even as the public were told to brace for more heavy rainfalls in the next few days.
Nine schools in Penampang, Tuaran, Kota Belud and here were closed, while at least one house in Papar was reportedly affected by a landslide due to the heavy downpour.
As at 6pm, Sabah Civil Defence director Colonel Muliadi Al-Hamdi Ladin said the overall flood situation at all affected areas had improved.
“Flash flood in Kota Kinabalu has completely subsided while floodwaters in Kota Belud, Papar, and Penampang districts is receding. The situation is under control and the Kota Belud evacuation centre is closed.
“However, the weather remains cloudy. The department and the state disaster management are on standby for emergencies following the meteorological department’s warning on strong wind sand rough seas,” he said.
The advisory states strong Southwesterly winds of 40 to 50kmph with waves up to 3.5m are expected to occur over the waters off Reef North and Layang-layang until Friday.
Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah said the bad weather was not only affecting Sabah, but the Peninsula as well. He said monitoring would include air surveillance.
“We will work with the Meteorological Department to monitor rainfall level by the hour, so teams can be put into actions when needed. The police and fire and rescue department are also on standby.
“Any blockages (of drains) will be cleared immediately and the Public Works Department is involved in monitoring landslides.”

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