Cleaning And Starting Anew The Biggest Challenge For Flood Victims

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TASEK GELUGOR, Nov 10 -- Although flood victims had recovered from the trauma of what was said to be the worst floods in Penang and returned to their respective homes after sheltering at evacuation centres, most victims felt the situation would no longer be the same as before.

Upon returning home, the victims found their homes filled with rubbish and mud, furniture badly damaged, livestock missing and plants swept away by the floods that was caused by continuous rain since last Saturday.

Bernama checks found that the victims in Kampung Padang Menora, Jalan Pokok Tampang, Labok Banting and Kampung Seberang Tok Dol were now in the process of cleaning their homes.

One resident, Ahmad Sobri Mohamad, 38, who works at a car maintenance workshop said, his house which was located at the riverside of Sungai Labuk Banting was flooded until chest-high level water last Sunday, and it caused his family to move to the evacuation centre at Sekolah Agama Labuh Banting.

“Only today we returned home… but we are sad to see our home filled with mud,” he said, here today.

He said they had difficulty to cleaning up as the electricity supply has not been restored since last Sunday.

“We cannot use water jets or other electronic equipment to do the cleaning. What we can do is only collect and dispose the rubbish,” he said, expressing his appreciation to the People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) and Works Departments for their assistance in cleaning up their houses today.

Meanwhile, a senior citizen Rohani Abdul Rahman, 63, said during the floods, she and her family did not have time to safe their things due to the rapid rise in water level.

“When I realized water was rising early Sunday morning, I just managed to save myself and my grand daughter Nor Hanis Shafika Abdullah, 13,” said Rohani who is currently staying at Sekolah Kebangsaan Padang Menora with her husband Abdul Rahim Mohamed.

She said, they had returned to clean up their home with the assistance of volunteers and found most of their things, especially electrical items, completely damaged.

-- BERNAMA