Malaysia floods: Dreams of starting school shattered

Malaysia floods: Dreams of starting school shattered

JOHOR BARU - Six-year-old Moham­mad Zikry Zulhelmi Soffie Zamani had been excited about starting school in January. Now, he is distraught. His new set of school uniform has been washed away by flood waters.

The boy, who will be starting Year One in SK Permas Jaya 2 in January, said he was feeling sad after losing his school attire before he even had a chance to wear it.

He was among 350 victims from Kampung Sungai Plentong here who were hit by flash floods in the early hours of Friday morning.

Sixty five families have been relocated to the flood relief centre in SK Permas Jaya 1. The victims included five babies and two disabled persons.

Mohammad Zikry Zulhelmi's mother Zanaria Othman, 29, said she was feeding her two-month-old second child when the water rose in just minutes after a heavy downpour from midnight to around 2am.

"When I opened the front door, the water gushed in and I only had time to grab our important documents and my baby's supplies before rushing to the relief centre.

"We were at the relief centre when Zikry started to cry because we could not save his school uniform," she said when met at the relief centre.

Housewife Roslaila Saru, 45, said her family of nine including her bedridden husband could not sleep a wink when it rained heavily starting from midnight for fear of floods.

"As the water level rose, my father-in-law who stays with us, managed to contact the flood monitoring centre to send a fire engine over to transport my husband to the flood relief centre," she said.

Kampung Baru Plentong villager Tan Ah Nam, 65, said he was fast asleep throughout the downpour and was awakened by the blaring of a car horn to find out that his house had been hit by flash flood.

"There has been no flood in our village for four years so I let my guard down and did not pack any of my valuables beforehand," he added.

Five districts in Johor have been affected by floods with 537 victims from 130 families seeking shelter in 10 flood relief centres.

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