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Sabah flood relief efforts: 474 evacuees still sheltered

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  • 474 individuals are still sheltered in relief centers across Sabah.
  • The floods have caused significant damage, affecting schools, roads, and homes.
  • RM1,000 cash aid announced for each affected family, with additional support under consideration.

In the wake of recent floods, Sabah remains in a state of emergency, with 474 evacuees still taking refuge in temporary relief centers. These centers, spread across flood-affected areas such as Penampang, Putatan, Tuaran, and Tamparuli, continue to provide essential shelter and support to those displaced by the disaster.

Current Situation in Relief Centers

As of this morning, the number of evacuees has slightly decreased from 481 individuals to 474, indicating a gradual improvement in conditions. The Penampang Cultural Hall, one of the primary relief centers, currently houses 285 individuals from 93 families, down from 296 individuals from 97 families the previous evening. Similarly, the Sri Putatan hall continues to shelter 138 individuals from 37 families.

In Tuaran, the Dewan Bal Raya Kampung Tutu Seloh relief center saw a slight increase in occupants, now hosting 33 individuals from nine families, compared to 29 individuals from eight families earlier. Conversely, the number of evacuees at the Balai Raya Kampung Pontoi center in Tamparuli remains steady at 18 individuals from five families.

Impact of the Floods

The floods have caused widespread devastation across Sabah's west coast, affecting six districts and leading to the closure of ten schools and numerous roads. A tragic incident occurred in Penampang, where a woman drowned while delivering food to flood victims. The floods have also resulted in significant property damage, with many residents losing furniture, electrical appliances, and other household items.

State Education Director Datuk Raisin Saidin reported that the closure of schools has impacted over 5,000 students and 300 teachers. Additionally, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd has been working to restore power to the affected areas, which had been shut down for safety reasons.

Government Response and Aid

In response to the crisis, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor announced a RM1,000 cash aid for each affected family. He also emphasized the need for swift mitigation measures, including clearing drains to prevent further flooding. The state government is considering additional assistance for those whose homes have been severely damaged.

Community Resilience and Future Outlook

Despite the challenges, the community's resilience shines through as they come together to support one another. Social media has been flooded with images and stories of the devastation, highlighting the urgent need for continued aid and support. Meteorologists have forecasted more rain and thunderstorms in the coming days, prompting rescue units, the Civil Defence Force, and the Public Works Department to remain on high alert.

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