Malaysia: Families living next to Terengganu coastline evacuated due to high waves

ZARINA ABDULLAH New Straits Times 8 Feb 16;

KUALA TERENGGANU: Twenty nine people from four families were evacuated from their homes following huge waves and high tide near Kampung Tengah Mengabang Telipot here tonight.

Terengganu Civil Defence Department Lt Ahmad Kamal Hakim said the four houses, located along the coastline, were hit by huge waves which started at 9pm.

Ahmad Kamal said all the evacuees are now seeking shelter at their relatives' homes nearby.

It was learnt that the department's officers were at the scene to monitor the situation.

Villagers evacuated as huge waves pound Kuala Nerus

KUALA NERUS: Huge waves along the coastal stretch in Mengabang Telipot here have forced four families to be evacuated from their homes.

The 29 people from Kampung Tengah, in Mengabang Telipot, are now temporarily taking shelter with relatives.

According to the Meteorological Department, villagers along the coast can expect strong waves as high as 4.5m and winds up to 60kph.

Kuala Nerus district disaster management committee secretariat Lt Ahmad Kamal Hakim said those affected were evacuated for safety reasons.

The Meterological Department expects the situation to persist until Monday.

On Jan 26, huge waves wreaked havoc, causing massive soil erosion, partly destroying a village house and damaging three others.

The incident resulted in 37 people being evacuated from Kampung Tanjung Gelam and Kampung Tengah.

Dept warns of choppy seas until Tuesday
The Star 8 Feb 16;

KUALA LUMPUR: Strong winds and choppy seas along waters off the coast of the east coast states as well as Sarawak and Sabah will continue until tomorrow.

According to a Meteorology Department statement here, the affected areas were the waters off Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, east Johor, Sarawak, Labuan and Kudat, and the west coast and interiors of Sabah.

“This is due to strong north-east winds of about 60km an hour, with waves reaching 4.5m which are expected in these areas,” the statement said.

“The strong winds and choppy seas are dangerous to all beach activities and shipping, including workers on oil rigs,” the statement said.

During the same period, similar conditions are expected to continue in the waters of Condore, Reef North, Layang-Layang, Samui, Palawan, Tioman, Bunguran, Reef South and Kuching. — Bernama