Ringlet dam disaster: Victims lose clothes, homes in Cameron Highlands

Ringlet dam disaster: Victims lose clothes, homes in Cameron Highlands

CAMERON HIGHLANDS - It was a sight vegetable farmer Tho Swee will never forget - his neighbour running in vain from the waters before succumbing to a heart attack.

Tho said he saw Tam Tuck Choi, 51, scrambling in the flood waters but could not do anything to help.

"I was carrying my daughter and running to safety when I looked behind. Tan seemed as if he was squatting in the water," the 53-year-old said.

He said Tan's wife and another villager finally pulled him to safety, but their efforts were in vain.

"We saw him dying, but we were helpless because there was no way to take him to the hospital as the road was flooded," he said.

Another villager, Toh Peng Kuan, 52, said he heard his neighbours shouting and was shocked to see flowing muddy waters when he looked out the window at about 1am.

"I shouted for my family to get up and we ran for our lives to higher ground," he said.

The vegetable farmer, who was born and raised in Bertam Valley, said they had experienced floods before this, but the latest incident was the worst he had experienced.

He added that the last major flood happened in 1988 but no lives were lost. Toh said that the area had been experiencing heavy rains for the past week.

"I have lost everything except for the clothes I'm wearing now. We don't have running water and no one is coming to help us," he added.

K. Ramesh, 43, said his vegetable farm was among those located along the river and devastated by the floods.

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