KOTA KINABALU - Twelve families living at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu have voluntarily moved out from their houses following the June 5 earthquake.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the affected families in Kampung Naulu were worried as their houses were located in a hazardous area.
They have moved in with relatives, he said on Sunday after visiting the village, where another 148 houses are under threat from possible rockfalls on the western face of the mountain.
He said geologists from the Mineral and Geoscience Department would be carrying checks on the houses to ascertain the safety of the structures.
If necessary, the families will have to be relocated without affecting their livelihoods, Rahman added.
He said families whose houses were damaged would be provided assistance of between RM5,000 and RM15,000 each, depending on an assessment carried out by the National Security Council.
Rahman said emergency relief committees would be set up at villages around Kota Belud to enable there to respond quickly to events like earthquakes and land slips.
He said committees would be tasked to ensure the villagers would know what to do in the event of an emergency and make the necessary preparations such as identifying the closest evacuation centres.