Sabahans living on the coast brace for strong waves, floods

KOTA KINABALU: Strong waves triggered by high tides are giving coastal folks sleepless nights, as at least two houses were damaged and eight families evacuated in northern Sabah's Kudat area.

The annual high tide coupled with strong waves saw two houses destroyed and five others damaged late Wednesday (Jan 13) night in Tanjong Kapor and Kampung Seri Aman in Kudat, about 200km from the state capital.

Many water villagers along the west coast also remained on high alert and while some villagers at Kg Tanjung Aru water village in the city reported minor damages to their wooden homes.

A resident, who identified herself as Napsah Darudin, 69, said that some water washed into her stilt house and damaged a few of her furniture.

"My teenage son was at home at the time when he noticed the house shaking and the walkway bridge breaking, he took some important documents and left immediately," Naspsah said, adding that the incident occurred for about three hours from 8.30pm, and peaked at about 10.30pm Wednesday.

They returned to the house later and were now worried about it recurring over the next few nights amid warning by weathermen that strong waves and bad weather is expected to continue for the next few days.

On Tuesday (Jan 12), a day before the movement control order came into force, many motorists from Labuan trying to make it back on the last ferry to Sabah's mainland were stranded after high tide hit the ferry landing terminal at Menumbok around 9am.

The seawater also splashed into the city's Likas Bay road and at least four trees were uprooted by the waves along the beach park Likas Bay Park.

The high tide which started on Tuesday is coinciding with severe rain and floods in many parts of Sabah.

Some 930 people remain at 11 evacuation centres in six districts - Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beaufort, Lahad Datu, Paitan and Kudat.

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