Corpses afloat in Malaysia floods shock villagers

Corpses afloat in Malaysia floods shock villagers
Nature’s fury: Residents looking at the graveyard in disbelief after swift currents wreaked havoc and four recently buried bodies were found floating nearby.
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TUMPAT -  About 100 tombstones and four shrouded corpses were washed away by floodwaters at a cemetery during a three-day downpour.

Villagers were shocked to see the corpses floating in the water, not far from the Kampung Kubur Datuk burial ground at dusk on Saturday.

These had been interred recently.

"We reburied the dead as soon as the floodwaters subsided," said village head Rosli Mohd Nor.

Many of the tombstones at the cemetery, he said, were a mess also and had shifted from their original positions.

"The floods were so strong that some of the rectangular wooden covers on the graves were smashed," he said.

This resulted in the bodies floating out.

About 100 residents then helped barricade the the graveyard from floodwaters.

Rosli said the tombstones were placed back in their original positions and the residents kept watch day and night to make sure the cemetery did not flood again.

In Pasir Tumboh, a doctor put his three children into a plastic water tank for safety when their home was hit by a deluge.

Dr Mohd Fazlimy Abdullah, 40, said his double-storey house was inundated and his only thought was to save the children, aged between three and eight.

"I turned a spare water tank into a 'lifeboat' for them. There was no other place of safety," he said.

The children floated in the makeshift boat until help arrived.

Dr Mohd Fazlimy also said all his electrical appliances, furniture and two cars were submerged in the floodwaters.

The number of flood victims at evacuation centres stood at 10,690, from 3,004 families, as at noon yesterday..

This was a slight decrease from the 11,000 a day earlier.

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