Men escaped but wives swept away in flood

Men escaped but wives swept away in flood
A man carrying his mother as they move to a safe location away from the flood.

He is hoping for a miracle that his wife will be found.

Mr Bakarudin Makmum, 28, and his family were asleep when the flood hit Bertam Valley in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands on Wednesday.

Water released from the Sultan Abu Bakar dam caused the banks of the Bertam River to breach its banks, causing the death of three people. About 100 houses were washed away.

Mr Bakarudin's wife, Ms Jawarti, 17, is still missing.

Recalling his ordeal, Mr Bakarudin, who is from West Java, Indonesia, told the New Straits Times told they were sleeping in the living room when their house was hit by the rising flood waters.

"There was no way we could get out of the house. I tried to open the door, but failed to do so at first."

He said he managed to grab a pipe about 100m away from the house, but his wife was swept away.

While Mr Bakarudin waits anxiously for news on his wife, fate dealt a cruel blow to fellow Indonesian Ragom Wasrip, 54, whose wife was among those killed.

His wife, Ms Kesmat Iduan, 46, was with him in their home in Bertam Valley when the flood hit.

Said Mr Ragom: "We couldn't get out of the house as the current was extremely strong. We were trapped, and water was gushing into the house."

He said he held on to his wife's hand all the while.

"The current pushed us right up to the roof. I broke off a portion of the roof and managed to escape, but not my wife."

Besides Ms Kesmat, Bangladeshi national, Mr Md Jahangir Alam Fazlor Rahman, in his 30s, was also killed in the incident.

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