Bertam folk count their losses and hope for aid

Bertam folk count their losses and hope for aid

CAMERON HIGHLANDS - When Margeret Roslin returned to her Bertam Valley house, she broke down and wept.

The 48-year-old housewife had gone back to see what she could salvage after a large mudslide devastated the area on Wednesday but all her belongings were destroyed beyond repair.

"Everything, from electrical appliances to clothes, is covered in mud.

"All we have left are the clothes on our backs, a few important documents in a handbag I was carrying and our old car that was parked elsewhere," she told The Star while taking shelter at the Ringlet community hall.

Margeret, who has lived in Bertam Valley for 30 years, says her house can no longer be occupied and is at a loss on how to move on with her life.

"We have no savings and our family of six is too large to stay with relatives for long periods.

"We can only hope for the Government to provide some form of aid," she said.

Similarly, trader Sopiah Bakar, 62, cannot reopen her food stall as all her cooking utensils were destroyed.

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