RANAU: The thought of the possibility of losing his house at the time when he is jobless and in need of money is driving mountain guide Abdul Hasnin Kasim on the verge of a breakdown.
“I have no job, no house, and nothing left but still need to feed eight mouths,” said the 43-year-old father of seven who currently is out of job as the mountain is closed.
“My brother-in-law’s house has been washed away by the strong mudflow and now, mine is sitting on a piece of loosened earth with cracks at the verge of collapse,” he said.
”We are devastated and I am at my wits end,” Hasnin said adding that he had not even received money donated from the people for mountain guides who were out of job until Mount Kinabalu is open for visitors again.
“I can’t think and I don’t know what to do. How am I going to feed my children and wife?” he asked.
“Now we may even lose our house and where am I going to find the money to build us another one?” he added.
Hasnin’s house is among the dozens that are at risk of being washed away or destroyed by strong currents of mudslides carrying large boulders and mountain debris at the foothills of the mountain - Kg. Mesilou.
His house is located on top of a falling off piece of land following a sudden surge of mudflow on Wednesday morning.
Police, firemen and village security and development officials are among those at the affected areas monitoring the situation.
The mudslides occurred in phases since Monday due to the loosening of earth following a 5.9 magnitude Mount Kinabalu earthquake on June 5.
Hasnin was part of the over 200 search and rescue team bringing injured and stranded climbers down from the mountain on that day.
The porters and mountain guides are now out of job as all activities up Mount Kinabalu has been stopped for now and is expected to last at least a couple months.