Residents break fast in floodwaters following heavy downpour

BUKIT MERTAJAM (April 28): Residents in Taman Mangga, here, had to break their fast in floodwaters on Sunday when their homes were inundated following a heavy downpour which also caused the concrete drainage retaining walls in the area to collapse.

The water level rose rapidly after the three-hour rain from 4pm, that there was insufficient time for members of the 50 households to save their electrical appliances or furniture.

A resident Sharizam Abu Othman, 37, said Sunday's flood was the second his family had experienced during Ramadan, after the major flood in 2016.

“The water rose suddenly that my family could not salvage anything as our safety came first. When we exited the house, our next-door neighbour said the retaining wall for the floodwater catchment had burst.

“After all, our housing area is in a low-lying area and is prone to flash floods following rains of over two hours,” he told reporters when met at a temporary shelter at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) in Perkampungan Juru here yesterday.

Some 115 people from 27 families were evacuated to a temporary shelter at SJKC True Light at 11.45pm on Sunday after their homes were inundated in 0.5m of water while 33 others from nine families were taken to SK Juru at 11pm.

Another flood victim, Mohd Izhar Mohd Noor, 37, who works as a security guard, was shocked to find his house flooded when he returned home after buying food for breaking fast.

“After work at 6.30pm, I went out to buy some food not far from the house but when I came back there was no time to do anything but to break fast in haste.

State Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said all 148 evacuees have returned to their homes and both temporary shelters were closed at 2pm.

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