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Published: Tuesday January 1, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 4:13:31 PM

Residents so used to going to mosques by boat

TUMPAT: When it floods in Kampung Bendang Pak Yong and Simpangan here, the faithful go to the mosques in boats provided by the rescue teams that also ferry flood victims to higher ground.

Residents said it has been that way for the past seven monsoon seasons.

Simpangan Hilir Mosque imam Ismail Awang Mat said it was normal during such seasons for people to either use their own boats or those provided by the authorities to gather at the mosque for Friday and daily prayers.

“Every time the Sungai Golok bursts its banks, the mosques would be inaccessible (by foot) to the people.

“But, we are used to it and will use boats to get to the mosque,” said Ismail, adding that the village mosque was built in 1991.

He said even when the rains stopped, the mosque would be inundated for days after that as it would take some time for the Sungai Golok water level to recede.

Villager Muhammad Ibrahim, 38, said residents were always ready with their boats to not only perform Friday prayers but also for the daily prayers.

“We have all got used to it and it has become a daily routine during the monsoon season. Sometimes, it takes weeks for this area to be completely dry,” he added.

Among the government agencies providing boats are the Fire and Rescue Department, the 8th Army Brigade and the Civil Defence Department.

Tags / Keywords: Community, News, Family & Community, Religion, mosque, floods, monsoon, boat, fire and rescue, 8th army brigade, civil defence, prayers

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