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Monday, January 31, 2011

The aftermath of the continuous torrential rain in Sandakan


The fallen banyan tree that hit the Chapel
The land slip at the hill top next to the Cathedral
The damaged outer part of the Chapel
The banyan tree hitting direct to the roof of the Chapel
Sandakan : The heavy downpour that hit Sandakan for the last few days had left behind a huge task for the Sandakan Municipal Council to follow up, initially to conduct immediate monitoring and evaluation on the damage suffered by the people and to extend to them the necessary assistance for relief.
The fallen tree that missed the Diocesan Car park by inches
The fallen electrical post behind the Parish Hall
The snapped dangling electric wire next to the covered walkway
The non-stop torrential rain, since Friday 28th January which claimed the lives of two victims had brought much damage to the town and its vicinity with mudslides, land slips, flash floods, fallen trees, disruption to power and water supply. Many parts of the roads were covered with thick layer of mud making some stretches impassable to vehicles.


Land slides at the rectory to the mission house
St Mary's Cathedral and its surrounding area along Jalan Puncak is not spared either. The staircase connecting the mission house to the rectory was damaged due to land slides, the outer part of the Chapel was also damaged by a fallen banyan tree that hit its roof. The Diocesan car part was nearly hit by another fallen tree missing it by just a few inches. The electric wires that supply electricity to the Parish Hall, the Catechetical Centre and the convent, snapped and pulled down the electric post. Power supply to the said premises. was disrupted and as of date has yet to be restored. The Fr Mulders' Catechetical Centre was flooded and the back portion of the building was covered with mud.
The back portion of Fr Mulders'  Center  covered with mud
The Parish Property Management and Maintenance Committee (PPMMC) headed by Peter Thien had taken all necessary steps to prevent the situation from worsening. They had laid plastic sheets to cover the land slip and mud slide areas. They had arranged with the local authorities to clear the fallen trees, the clogged drains and to have electricity supply restored.
The flash flood that hit Fr Mulders'  Center

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