Senior citizen hangs on to door panel for dear life before being rescued

Senior citizen hangs on to door panel for dear life before being rescued
Wat-er shock: A Bertam Valley resident staring at the floodwaters at SJK (C) Bertam Valley and the surrounding areas.

CAMERON HIGHLANDS - Randy Chok held on to the front door panel of his house in Kampung Baru Ringlet for dear life as floodwaters came gushing in.

The 75-year-old unemployed man said the floodwaters quickly rose to his chest level at about 7pm and he thought he would be swept away and drown.

"I was out earlier and went home about 5.30pm went it began to rain.

"The water level had reached my calves then and I never thought it would rise so rapidly," he said.

"I started to panic when the water started to rise higher and I clung on to the door," he added.

Chok said four men then showed up and rescued him.

"I don't know who they were, but they saved me and brought me to higher ground.

"If it was not for them, I would have been swept away," he said, adding that he has been staying there for 50 years.

Another villager, Leong Tee Chang, 66, said his car was damaged after being swept away by the floodwaters for more than 1km.

"I had parked the car about 1km away, but it was washed back near my house.

"My house is badly damaged and most of my furniture is spoilt," he said.

"All three television sets from my house were also washed away."

Leong said his family, including his wife, daughter and three grandchildren were unharmed.

Farmhand M. Manivanan, 53, said his house was also inundated after a car crashed into it.

"I had locked my gate earlier to prevent the water from coming in.

"A car that was swept by the strong current crashed open the gate, causing water to gush in and damage my furniture," he said, adding that he had stayed there for 10 years.

"This is the worst flood incident that I have ever experienced," he added.

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