KOTA BARU: Three of the orang asli children who went missing for almost six weeks were swept away by the river, says the mother of one of the two survivors.
Norieen Yaakob, 10, who was found alive on Friday told her mother Midah Angah that her brother and two others were swept away by the Sungai Perias river.
"She said she first saw her brother Haikal, 8, taking a drink at the river and was swept away and she could not do anything about it," Midah said on Saturday at Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II.
The petite, gaunt-looking Norieen, who was lying in the hospital bed, was quiet and just stared when asked a question.
Midah 40, said Norieen was still traumatised by the whole ordeal.
Norieen and Miksudiar Aluj, 11, had been found alive while another three have been confirmed dead.
They were found weak and malnourished along Sungai Perias on Friday.
They were transported from the Gua Musang Hospital to the Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II on Friday evening.
Midah said Norieen also told her that Sasa Sobrie, 8, was sleeping on a bolder near Sungai Perias at night but was gone the next morning.
The same thing happened with Linda Rosli, 8, who slept at the river bank but then suddenly disappeared after that, said Midah.
Asked why they ran away from school, she said that Norieen did not explain to her.
A tired looking Rozita Bahir, 41, said her daughter Miksudiar had not been eating well.
"She vomited each time she eats," she said.
Miksudiar's uncle (Rozita's older brother) said her father died five months ago from dysentery.
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