Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Sabah put on Orange alert


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah was put on Orange alert as tropical storm Parma, lurking over the Philippines, triggered heavy rains and strong winds in the east Malaysian state.

Many low-lying areas in the west coast of Sabah were flooded by overnight rains, with meteorologists anticipating inclement weather to continue till Wednesday night, while strong winds are expected to last till Sunday.

Several key roads including Tuaran Road, the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park road and the low-lying areas of Menggatal, Inanam, Telipok as well as several kampungs (villages) in neighbouring Tuaran, Penampang and Papar districts were flooded.

Power and telecommunications systems were lightly disrupted by the inclement weather, but there were no reports of any casualties or serious incidents.

Sabah Meteorological Department director Abdul Malik Tussin said that the state was put under Orange alert because of moderate and occasionally heavy rain that could cause flooding in low-lying areas and overflowing riverbanks due to the existing tropical storm Parma over northern Philippines.

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