Sabah floods: Hundreds of cars stranded in Kota Belud

KOTA KINABALU (BERNAMA) – Hundreds of cars were stranded at Kota Belud main roundabout after vehicles bound towards the district from both Kota Kinabalu and Kota Belud directions could not pass through due to flood, following heavy rain in the state.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Director of Operations Misran Bisara said vehicles from Kota Kinabalu were stranded as far as three kilometres from the roundabout, which was the main entrance into the district.

“Similarly vehicles from Kota Belud could not go out because the roads were inundated,” he said when contacted by Bernama yesterday.

Misran said streets in the Kota Belud main roundabout were inaccessible since Saturday when the nearby river level rose to one metre.

“Drivers who could not pass through the road had to park their cars at the road shoulder. However, some vehicles parked in the area were swept away by overflowing water from the river,” he said.

A car drives through a flood in Donggongon. PHOTO: BERNAMA

Misran said the roads are inaccessible to light vehicles and only four-wheel-drive could travel in the location at the moment.

He said 31 personnel from Kota Belud Fire and Rescue Station led by its Chief Mohd Sazwan are also monitoring the area to ensure the safety of residents.

Meanwhile, Sabah Malaysia Civil Defence Force in a statement said 10 districts in Sabah were affected by floods and many activities were disrupted.

The districts involved were Tenom, Pitas, Beaufort, Membakut and Papar, besides Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Penampang, Keningau and Tuaran.

Residents also shared pictures and videos on the flood situation at their areas on social media such as Facebook and Whatsapp.

Among them was the condition in Donggongon town, Penampang, which was flooded, causing many business premises to be closed, while somes houses were submerged in water.