Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Man and family evacuate home just before landslip

A quick decision to evacuate his house during heavy rain saved the life of trader Chong Khen Lung, who brought out his family just in time before a landslip destroyed their house.

Chong earlier realised that the flood levels were rising at his single-storey house at Kampung Tuno, Kolopis in Penampang at about 4.30pm on Sunday.

He asked his wife Karen Santani to get their two daughters, aged seven and three, and his mother-in-law Catherine Tandalau out of the house. Less than half and hour later, tonnes of earth crashed into his house.

Chong called firemen who helped him to retrieve his belongings and move them to a relative’s house nearby.

Meanwhile, rescuers are searching for a 12-year-old boy who went missing after he was believed to have slipped into a monsoon drain along Jalan Penampang on Sunday.

The floods had affected the low-lying areas of the state capital and Penampang following Sunday’s two-hour downpour.

Several low-lying areas such as Donggongon and villages in Penam­pang and Putatan were still flooded yesterday morning before receding in the afternoon.


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