Penang hawker almost lost $3,500 in savings kept under her bed

Penang hawker almost lost $3,500 in savings kept under her bed
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BUKIT MERTAJAM: A 53-year-old hawker nearly lost her RM11,000 (S$3,568) savings when her single storey low-cost house in Taman Sentul Jaya, Juru, was hit by floods last Sunday.

The woman, who wanted to be known only as Ong, said her house was inundated around midnight after several hours of downpour.

"The water was rushing in from everywhere, the front door and also my window. Within minutes, my whole house was filled with water.

"I was trying to move my belongings to somewhere higher when I saw the money floating in my living room.

"Luckily, my daughter and I managed to retrieve all of the notes," she said yesterday, adding that she had wanted to settle her housing loan on Monday.

"Usually, I would keep some money in my room. But after this incident, I dare not now.

"My daughter, who is 15, has also warned me not to do it anymore as it is my hard-earned money," she said.

A retiree who wished to be known as Rajoo, 64, said the water started to rise at about 1am on Sunday.

"The flood waters reached my chest within an hour. There was nothing we could salvage as it happened quite fast."


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