Flood situation in Kota Marudu worsens


KOTA MARUDU: Flood situation in Kota Marudu worsened as heavy rain that persisted since Thursday, forced an estimated 1,600 people to be evacuated and placed at relief centres.Kota Marudu Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the authorities, led by the district office which had set up a disaster relief committee, placed flood victims at seven evacuation centres and eight shelter homes.

“About 330 families have been evacuated while 30 villages have been cut off from road access due to the flood, which is a perennial problem in Kota Marudu,” said Ongkili who made his daily rounds, visiting the centres and affected areas.

Among the infrastructure damaged by floods, he said, was the newly-built RM190,000 suspension bridge at Kampung Timbang Batu as well as the river levy at Sungai Laut.

He added that if the situation persisted, food assistance would have to be provided for individual homes that were cut off from accessibility, since those living there would have been unable to go to town for their provision.

“I appeal for speedy disbursement of government disaster funds to enable us to purchase food and necessities for those affected,” he said and also appealed to NGOs to contribute essential items such as milk, blankets, towels, biscuits and basic necessities.

Those who wish to offer help can email the committee at [email protected] or contact the operations room at 088-661321. — Bernama