Malaysia – Heavy Rain Causes Severe Floods and Landslides in Sabah

Severe flooding swept through parts of Sabah State in Malaysia after heavy rain on 15 September. The rain is also thought to have been the cause of a landslide where 3 people died.

Landslide Panampang, Sabah, Malaysia September 2021. NADMA Malaysia

Videos shared on Social Media showed streets of the state capital Kota Kinabalu under flood water over 1.5 metres deep. The districts of Penampang and Putatan were also affected. The Sabah Disaster Management Committee Secretariat opened 3 relief centres in case of evacuations. As of late 15 September, 68 people from 27 families were displaced.

Meanwhile the heavy rain is thought to have been the cause of a landslide in Penampang District which destroyed at least 1 building. A mother and 2 young children tragically lost their lives in the incident. Three other victims including two children survived.

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