Flood victims return home to damaged properties

Arduous task: Family members cleaning up their house after floodwaters receded in Temerloh.

TEMERLOH - Residents affected by the floods for about a week are starting to return home as the water recede.

Several of them recounted the unexpected severity of the floods, which had damaged their houses and properties.

Temerloh Municipal Council staff Syed Nasiruddin Syed Nordin, 47, said the flood was "unprecedented".

"We did not expect it to be this bad," he said at his home in Taman Bahagia Permai on Friday.

Syed Nasiruddin said the flood began on the evening of Dec 27.

"At first the water level only rose to my porch but it continued to rise until it was above my waist," he recalled.

Another resident, Nazir Ibrahim, said this was the first time his neighbourhood was flooded since he moved here eight years ago.

"My neighbour's sofa was swept away," said the 47-year-old.

His area was among several vi­­sited by a team of volunteers from the Malaysia Elite Disaster and Rescue Foundation.

The MEDRF volunteers distributed flood relief aid to the affected residents.

Foundation spokesperson Kel­vin Pang said this was the first re­lief effort planned by the non-governmental organisation this year.

"Datuk Seri Dr Warren Eu, founder of health product firm Umatrin, sponsored about RM15,000 (S$5,700) worth of supplies," he said.

"We will make a few more trips to donate food, blankets and toi­letries," he said, adding that they planned to do house-to-house vi­sits at a later date.