KOTA KINABALU: At least five districts in the west coast have been inundated by flood waters due to abnormal rainfall patterns over the last two days.
Besides Kota Kinabalu, neighbouring districts like Penampang, Tuaran, Papar and Kota Belud have reported rising water levels in certain areas, causing road access to be cut off including at villages, as well as schools.
Manggatal town is also reportedly flooded.
Kota Kinabalu Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai said the district Meterological Department reported rainfall intensity to be as as high as 135 milimetres per day as of last night, compared to the normal rainfall pattern of between 30 to 50 mm per day.
“This is double or triple than normal.
“All concessionaires conducting drains (maintenance) for our local councils and authorities have confirmed there were no blockages (that caused the irregular floodings).
“We expect to face heavy rainfall until Friday. All authorities are alert and on standby for emergencies like evacuations and landslides,” he said after chairing the district action committee meeting here.
Various agencies were present at the meeting, including the Drainage and Irrigation Department, Meteorological Department, police, Fire and Rescue department as well as Welfare Department.
Yeo added that he will also invoke the National Security Council (MKN) Directive No. 20 to allow City Hall and other authorities under the disaster team to enter premises without permission of the owners to solve problems during this flood situation.