Continuous downpour wreaks havoc in Sabah – Nation

KOTA KINABALU: The continuous downpour in Sabah has resulted in landslides as well as hundreds of calls relating to fallen trees.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Department division operations chief Khatizah Rahaban said 454 people from 171 families in Kota Belud district have been rescued and sent to temporary shelters due to the floods. 

She said the numbers have increased over the past few days.

Landslips were also reported in Minintod and Bukit Melinsung along the Papar-Kota Kinabalu near here. 

Firemen and other agencies have been working around-the-clock to clear the roads from fallen trees which have damaged houses and cars.

Khatizah said there were no reports of injuries or casualties.

According to the Meteorological Department’s website, the rains and strong winds are expected to persist until Oct 21. 

The affected areas include Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Kota Belud. Kuala Penyu, Beaufort, Sipitang, Tenom, Keningau, Tambunan, Kudat and Labuan and some parts of Sarawak.

It is understood that the storms are due to Typhoon Lan in the Philippines.

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