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SOS message brings relief to flood victims in northern region


Relief goods brought to one of the villages in Kota Marudu and Pitas.

KOTA MARUDU – An SOS message brought relief to flood victims in Kota Marudu and Pitas region recently.

Dr Velus Junius, chairman of St Theresa Parish Pastoral Council, sent the SOS message to a friend to help those affected by the flood caused by the overflowing banks of Sungai Bondon and Sungai Pandau on 17 Jan 2017.

The SOS went viral in social media, bringing many to counter-check with Dr Velus the situation.  People responded and sent into the account provided by him, collecting over RM7,000.  The responses came from as far as Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Labuan, Kota Kinabalu and elsewhere.

Velus, assisted by the PPC and others, distributed the food rations (10kg bag of rice, cooking oil, biscuits, sugar and coffee) to 96 families in Pitas and 201 families in Kota Marudu.

Father Jalius Sading and Father Jack Sigam of St Peter Church Kudat were able to visit the devastated areas in Kota Marudu and Pitas.   The flood relief of St Theresa Kota Marudu was organised with their permission.

Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish in Kota Kinabalu also opened a collection centre for relief goods for the flood victims under its human development ministry.

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