ANN/THE STAR – Nine people trapped at their houses at Kampung Mansiang in Manggatal due to flash floods have been rescued by firemen, with rescue services on high alert as rain continues to fall in the west coast of Sabah.
A Fire and Rescue Services Department spokesman said the victims were taken to higher ground as no temporary relief centres were open as of 5pm yesterday.
Flooding has been reported in low-lying areas in Penampang and parts of the city here, as well as a landslip in the Papar district.
Rescue services including the Civil Defence Corp (APM) have been on alert following prolonged rain since 2.30pm.
Several main roads are flooded but still passable to heavy vehicles, with various agencies such as APM, firemen, and Public Works Department (PWD) keeping the public updated via social media.
Firemen responded to a landslip report in SK Langkawit Papar at about 5.12pm.
However, firemen said that the landslip happened away from housing areas but advised residents to take safety measures, including moving to higher ground if water levels rise.
A spokesman APM said that two roads, Jalan Panglima Banting and Jalan Maang, were only passable for heavy vehicles at 8pm, while Jalan Sugud was also flooded but still passable to all vehicles.
“We will continue monitoring the situation as it is still raining,” he said, adding that the Penampang district council would open temporary relief centres if the situation warrants.