SANDAKAN (BERNAMA) – The Civil Defence Force (APM) has been ready since Tuesday to face any possibility following the continuous rain forecast until tomorrow, especially in the Sandakan, Kinabatangan and Beluran districts.
Sandakan APM officer Captain Abdullah Sabaruddin said his team together with the District Disaster Management Committee and other departments and rescue agencies started monitoring several areas identified as flood-prone sites, including the Beluran district.
“The areas identified in our monitoring which have the potential to experience a sudden rise in water level are Mamanjang, which is the area between Sandakan and Beluran districts and Gum-Gum in Sandakan.
“We are also monitoring settlements near water sources such as rivers and the sea because apart from the threat of floods, we are also worried about the threat of storms during continuous rains,” he said when contacted by Bernama yesterday.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) at 12.30pm on Tuesday said a bad level forecast for continuous heavy rain until today in Sabah involved Sandakan (Telupid, Kinabatangan, Beluran and Sandakan) and Kudat areas.
Abdullah said his team has always ensured the preparedness of all equipment, especially vehicles and boats to facilitate mobilising the affected residents.
Meanwhile in Kinabatangan, district APM officer Captain Ahmad Roslan Mohd Kamel said although the district was also forecast to have continuous rain, the District Disaster Operations Control Centre (PKOB) had concluded that the current cloudy weather in Kinabatangan and occasional drizzle would not impact the possibility of floods.