Horror and heart-wrenching tales from hard-hit flood areas

Horror and heart-wrenching tales from hard-hit flood areas

KUALA KRAI - After more than two days of unabated flooding, the churning waters in Kampung Manek Urai has submerged many homes and buildings.

A large number of vehicles were also swept away by strong currents, leaving some upside down and others crumpled against bridges.

Kuala Krai, Tanah Merah and Rantau Panjang were among the worst hit areas, with communications down and the authorities cut off from many places there these past few days.

This made it difficult for them to distribute aid and provide medical assistance, even by air because there were no suitable landing spots.

When the floodwaters started to recede last night, food and other supplies could finally be brought to the victims.

At the height of the flood, many residents took refuge in small boats while others sought safety on a nearby hill, Bukit Kajang.

Armed forces personnel Fazli Mohd Noor, 39, said they were stranded on the hill and could not be helped by the authorities.

"We used sticks that we found nearby and a zinc sheet to build a hut. Four families shared the shelter," he said yesterday.

At night, Mohd Fazli said, they fended off wild animals such as boars and were tormented by leeches all the time.

"It was a terrible experience but we stayed strong," he said.

He said that during this adversity, the people shared whatever food they had and shelter and these acts of kindness were heartwarming.

Noor Baizura Mohd Baharuddin, 20, said she ran from the flood with her 46-day-old baby boy and headed for the hill.

"I only had a blanket to cover him and we were drenched from head to toe. At that time, the water was already waist high," she said.

Noor Baizura said they drank rainwater until aid reached them.

Another villager, Siti Khadijah Mohd Noor, 36, and her son Mohd Amri Lokman Mahasan, six, spent their time looking for planks scattered at the scene.

She will use them to repair her house that was damaged by the floods.

"Only the base of my house is still standing," she said.

Another piece of good news - Sekolah Manek Urai was rumoured to have collapsed during the disaster but the school building was found intact.

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