Coastal Bachok homes at risk

Existential threat: Hassan (right) with his daughter Norazaha (left) in front of a fallen coconut tree, which almost struck their home. — Bernama

BACHOK: More than 15 houses in the coastal neighbourhood of Kampung Damat here are at risk of collapse due to beach erosion, especially with the strong waves brought by the north-east monsoon.

Local resident Nik Sin Nik Lah, 69, appealed for the state government to immediately install a wave breaker to solve their woes.

“This is the only way to save the homes of residents in this area. If not, there is a high possibility that our homes will be destroyed by strong waves in the near future, as this neighbourhood faces the sea.

“For the past few years, more than one kilometre of the beach in this area has become part of the sea,” he told reporters here on Saturday.

Another resident, Hassan Abdul Rahman, 90, said the big waves had also forced him and his family members to leave their house for safety, Bernama reported.

“The beach erosion has caused more than five coconut trees near my house to uproot,” he said.

As for Norazaha Hassan, 52, she and her family members are willing to be relocated elsewhere if there is an offer from the state or Federal Government.

She said they had applied for a house in the Tok Bali Fisherman Resettlement Project in Pasir Puteh but have not been successful.

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