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Hundreds of villagers affected by exceptionally strong storm in Sabah



KOTA KINABALU: “I feel so lost and hopeless looking at this pile of mud which used to be my home,” lamented 65-year-old Asin Yumpoh after his house in Kampung Sugud here was damaged by floods.He said the Sept 15 storm was exceptionally strong.

“It took just five minutes for the whole lower floor of the house to be flooded,” he said when met yesterday.

Asin’s three vehicles were washed away while items such as furniture, electrical appliances, kitchen utensils and wood stocks he had bought for some home projects were all gone.

“I have never experienced a flood like this in the 60 years I have been living here,” he said in his native Kadazan language.

Asin said the two-storey village home that was destroyed used to house three fa

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Oil price falls as storm-hit US supply trickles back into market



NEW YORK,: Oil prices fell on Friday as energy companies in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico restarted production after back-to-back hurricanes in the region shut output.

Brent crude futures fell 33 cents to settle at US$75.34 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 64 cents to settle at $71.97 a barrel. For the week, Brent was up 3.3% and U.S. crude was up 3.2%, supported by tight supplies due to the hurricane outages.

Friday's slump followed five straight sessions of rises for Brent. On Wednesday, Brent hit its highest since late July, and U.S. crude hit its highest since early August.

"The reason oil p

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