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Mud, mud everywhere: Residents throwing out mattresses and furniture that were destroyed by the deluge from the dam. — Bernama
CAMERON HIGHLANDS: It was a sight vegetable farmer Tho Swee will never forget – his neighbour running in vain from the waters before succumbing to a heart attack.
Tho said he saw Tam Tuck Choi, 51, scrambling in the flood waters but could not do anything to help.
“I was carrying my daughter and running to safety when I looked behind. Tan seemed as if he was squatting in the water,” the 53-year-old said.
He said Tan’s wife and another villager finally pulled him to safety, but their efforts were in vain.
“We saw him dying, but we were helpless because there was no way to take him to the hospital as the road was flooded,” he said.
Another villager, Toh Peng Kuan, 52, said he heard his neighbours shouting and was shocked to see flowing muddy waters when he looked out the window at about 1am.
“I shouted for my family to get up and we ran for our lives to higher ground,” he said.
The vegetable farmer, who was born and raised in Bertam Valley, said they had experienced floods before this, but the latest incident was the worst he had experienced.
He added that the last major flood happened in 1988 but no lives were lost. Toh said that the area had been experiencing heavy rains for the past week.
“I have lost everything except for the clothes I’m wearing now. We don’t have running water and no one is coming to help us,” he added.
K. Ramesh, 43, said his vegetable farm was among those located along the river and devastated by the floods.
He estimates that at least 30 farmers are in the same predicament.
Another victim said her family had been gathering for a funeral two days before yesterday’s incident.
A woman, who only want to be identified as Ho, said if the floods had occurred on Monday, it would have been even more disastrous.
“My father’s coffin would have been swept away,” she said at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh, where her 38-year-old brother Kin Way underwent an operation to remove glass shards on the right leg.
Ho said her brother was injured when he tried to escape from their house.
“He was ushering other family members out of the house when the flood waters rushed in.
“The impact broke some glasses on the door and pierced his leg, severing some veins,” she said, adding that Kin Way was in stable condition after the operation.
Ho said the family was now thinking of staying with relatives, also at Bertam Valley, who were not affected.
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