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Flash floods hit Kota Kinabalu and several areas in West Coast

6th October, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Several areas in the city were hit by flash floods due to heavy rain since Sunday night.

Among the areas affected were Taman Telipok Jaya, Taman Telipok Ria, Kampung Lokub, Kampung Lorong Pulau, Manggatal as well as Kampung Kaulan and Kampung Rugading, Tuaran.

The heavy downpour also caused traffic congestion on several major roads.

Meanwhile, landslides that occurred in two locations following heavy rain since last night had resulted in the main road from Kota Kinabalu to Ranau being cut off Monday.

Sabah Public Works Department director, Richard Jomiji Kinsil said the landslides occurred at KM88.20 off Jalan Kota Kinabalu-Ranau and at KM86 near the Kampung Bundu Tuhan juncture in Ranau.

“The landslides that occurred between 10.30 am and 11 am today had caused the road to be cut off and inaccessible,” he told Bernama when contacted.

At present, the cleaning work is being done, he said.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has issued a bad weather warning in several districts in Sabah until today.

Its director-general, Jailan Simon, in a statement posted on its website, said continuous heavy rain is expected to occur in Sipitang, Tenom, Kuala Penyu, Beaufort, Keningau and Tambunan, as well as the west coast of Sabah.

He said alert weather warning is also issued for Kudat and Labuan starting Monday until Tuesday, and in three states in the peninsula, namely, Perlis, Kedah and Penang, starting Wednesday until Friday.

“Strong winds of between 40 to 50 kilometres per hour with waves up to 3.5 metres high are also expected to occur in the waters of Sabah, Labuan, Perlis, Kedah and Penang during the same period.

“This can cause sea water to overflow into coastal areas and estuaries,” said the statement.

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