Bung to act on floods in northern Sabah
Published on: Thursday, January 14, 2021
By: The Star
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State assistant minister in the Chief Minister Department Datuk Wetrom Bahanda(centre) at a relief centre for flood victims in Sabah's northern KOta Marudu district.
Kota Kinabalu: Comprehensive action will be taken to resolve flooding woes that hit Sabah’s northern districts in the Kudat peninsula, says Datuk Bung Moktar Radin.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the Public Works Department (PWD) along with the Drainage and Irrigation Department would obtain details of the floods and its causes.

“We will meet to find ways to resolve it,” Bung, who is State Infrastructure Development Minister, tweeted on Wednesday.

Over a thousand people were evacuated since Sunday (Jan 10) after heavy rainfall flooded low-lying areas in Sabah’s northern districts of Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas amid incidents of at least five landslips along roads and crop damage from the floods.

The floods have begun to recede since late Tuesday (Jan 12) with improving weather. Some of those evacuated have begun to return to their homes despite authorities expecting bad weather conditions to persist till today (Thursday).

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Datuk Wetrom Bahanda, said the State Government will continue to monitor the flood affected and landslide areas in Kota Marudu, Kudat and Pitas to ensure the safety of villagers.

He said the State Government would also render assistance to those affected by the floods in the districts.

“The authorities are always on standby to act fast on rescue efforts and distributing aid when complaints are received from the flood victims,” he said in statement, Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Wetrom, who is also Bandau Assemblyman, said he would ensure that immediate action is taken to deal with the problems of landslides at the Pitas main road so that district is not cut off and to enable vehicles to pass through.

“I am confident that the Works Department will take swift action to overcome the problem and ensure no recurrence of landslides in the area following heavy rains,” he said.

Wetrom, who surveyed the areas and visited evacuees at the relief centres in Kota Marudu on Tuesday, said the Disaster Operations Room in the district had been activated to operate round the clock.


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