Monday, January 1, 2007

Floods NO Deterrent to Wedding

KOTA KINABALU: Floods that have taken one life in Sabah failed to stop technician Joanes Ivanrayer Paiwa and his childhood sweetheart Sarira Dadeh from getting married in style.
Joanes, 33, and his 26-year-old bride proceeded with the wedding ceremony yesterday although their Kampung Piasua homes in the west coast district of Beaufort were in half a metre of water.

"We decided to go ahead with it as we did not want the rains to spoil the ceremony that we have been looking forward to for so long,” said Joanes, who works in Singapore.
The flood victim in Pitas district has been identified as farmer Alexson Lukukan, 24, a father of three, who had gone for a swim in the fast-swelling Bengkoka River at Kampung Tingkalanun.
He was reported missing at around 9.50pm on Saturday and his body was recovered at about 6am yesterday.
More than 1,000 people had been evacuated from flood-hit areas in the northern districts of Pitas, Kudat and Kota Marudu by early Saturday, but as of yesterday afternoon more then half of them had returned home.
Floodwaters have been receding in all three districts, but the authorities remain on the alert in Pitas.
In Kampung Sundang Bukit Maidin in east coast Sandakan, which also saw heavy rains, two families escaped unscathed when a tree crashed into their wooden homes during a mudflow.

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