Malaysia floods: Students make mad rush for airport

Homeward bound: UMK students waiting for their flight at Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Kota Baru.

KOTA BARU - As the floods continue to worsen, many students are rushing to the airport in a desperate bid to flee the state.

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) student Chuah Chia Ying, 21, said she bought a ticket to fly to the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang en route to her home in Penang.

"We were worried as the water level kept on rising near the students' residence. So, a group of us decided to sleep over at the airport," she said when met at the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport here yesterday.

A check at the airport toilets showed that some travellers were using them for showers.

All ATM machines in the airport terminal are not functioning.

Chuah said it was an unforgettable experience as they had to take care of each other's belongings.

"We do not know where else to go. All the places near the airport are fully booked," she said.

Economics student Siow Lean Hin, 21, said they reached the airport early to ensure that they did not miss their flight.

"We heard some of the flights were postponed. We just want to go home. We took the chance to come early and slept on the floor," he said.

Chua Sin Ying, 21, said three people in uniforms came at 3am yesterday to distribute packed food and drinks.

"We were cold and really felt uncomfortable but at least somebody gave us food. There were not many shops open," she said.

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