Kelantan folk worry over continual rain

Kelantan folk worry over continual rain
Many of the wooden houses that are common in this small village in the Malaysian state of Kelantan had been ripped from their foundations and shifted several metres from their original location.

KOTA BARU - Continual rain and rising water levels have caused more worry for the people in Kelantan, who are reeling from the worst floods they can remember.

It is still raining daily even after the floodwaters receded here.

Businesswoman Goh Shi Lim, 32 who runs a hair salon here, said she could not face another wave of floods.

"This is exactly how the flood started. After heavy rainfall, the water was up to our knees and eventually rose higher than our roof.

"We have lost everything and are trying to pick up our lives. My son is going to school and I hope his lessons will not be affected," she said.

Cleaner Nurain Razali Ishak, 57, claimed that the people of Kelantan were not prepared for another bout of floods.

"We no longer have anything to call our own. We bought a set of clothes each when the shops had their bundle sales. The amount we spent has set us back a month. Imagine what will happen if it floods again," she said.

Restaurant owner Hua Lim Peng, 66, said he is close to breaking point.

"My house is gone. I had to close my restaurant for eight days and my pregnant daughter-in-law has been in and out of the hospital for suspected leptospirosis," he said.

He said even the wealthiest person would not be able to cope with the floods.

"If it happens again, we don't have the money or energy to cope. We can only pray," Hua added.

Areas like Kuala Krai and Rantau Panjang yesterday saw a rise in water levels of the rivers.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department, however, gave an assurance that the latest rains in the east coast should not be a cause for worry.

Its spokesman, Dr Mohd Hisham Anip, said rainfall in the morning during the east coast monsoon season was normal, adding that there was no reason for alarm as the rain would usually cease by noon.

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