Continuous rainfall for the last couple of days has resulted in severe flooding once again in Sabah. Residents are “for better mitigation initiatives instead of just help with food and other essentials from the government” reported The Star.
A few villagers were interviewed, one crying out ““This is not new. We have had so many governments. Why can’t someone really do something about these floods?”
After spending entire nights dealing with the floods another commented ““Is there really no way for anyone, especially the government, to come up with feasible flood mitigation measures?”.
Christin B, who lives in Menggatal with her family, is busy moving her stuff to higher ground as the weather shows no sign of improvement.“We are still trying to move into our new place here. It is not even complete and now we have to deal with floods, ” she said.
Kapayan assemblywoman Jannie Lasimbang, whose family is one of those affected whenever the rainy season comes around, is asking that the government get on with flood mitigation efforts, including drainage and irrigation for Penampang.
“I hope the current government will not look away but speed up assistance for those affected, ” Jannie added.