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Coastal erosion forces Kota Bharu family to flee home

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Coastal erosion forces Kota Bharu family to flee home

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:45 pm

Huge waves which hit the beaches of Kuala Pak Amat in Kota Bharu since Thursday have forced a family to move out of their coastal home for their safety.

Ismail Mohammad, 63, gathered his wife, six children and two of their spouses and five grandchildren to take their essential belongings to a neighbour's house due to erosion which threatens to wash away their house.

According to Ismail, water had risen in the house located about 100 metres from the Kuala Pak Amat beach and destroyed the back portion facing the sea.

Ismail, who is now forced to rent a house at a nearby village for RM250 a month, said the RM200 monthly contribution from the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia was not enough to meet the daily needs of his large family.

"Since October last year, I could not go out to sea because of the waves and now rely on assistance from my children who have just started working," he said.

Known for being the place where Japanese soldiers landed in Malaya in 1941, Kampung Kuala Pak Amat and several fishermen's homes there are now almost gone from view.

"Several years ago the Japanese government built a monument here but it too was swept away by the waters," he said.

A check by Bernama found that there were seven fishermen's homes in the village which are just waiting to be washed away following beach erosion.

The large waves had also destroyed several fish breeding ponds and nearby chalets.

A villager Che Hamid Che Amat, 65, expressed his concern over the situation and how it destroyed many of the fishermen's homes including his own.
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