Floods: More help, rescues needed for stranded families

  • Family
  • Monday, 20 Dec 2021

Amirul brought dog and cat food along to feed stranded pets in the area. He also helped rescue a dog to dry land. Photos: AMIRUL HAFIZ ZULKEFLY

As he waded through the waist-high water to get to his parents house in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam on Sunday (Dec 19) evening, Amirul Hafiz Zulkefly could hear calls for help from all directions.

He even saw a body being floated out in an inflatable paddling pool.

"It was really very grim and very sad. People were begging for help, some were holding their babies outside the windows in hope that rescuers would spot the infants and save them quickly," shares Amirul, 28, who now lives in Subang Jaya but grew up in Taman Sri Muda.

Although his parents had left town to balik kampung, he went to the neighbourhood with his brother Amirul Izzuddin Zulkefly and two cousins, Abdul Hadi Muhamad and Abdul Hafiz Abdul Ghafar, to bring food and water for his parents' neighbours who hadn't eaten anything in about 48 hours.

"They are diabetics and one of them has a heart condition as well. And they have young children, the youngest of whom is just three or four years old.

"The ground floor of their house was completely flooded and water was slowly rising to the first floor.

"Luckily theirs is a three storied house but imagine what so many others were going through," says Amirul who managed to access the neighbour's house through a hilly area behind the row of houses.

There were floats made available by volunteer rescuers for those who were going in to hep or bring food or water to the stranded residents. There were floats made available by volunteer rescuers for those who were going in to hep or bring food or water to the stranded residents.

"Otherwise there would have been no way of reaching them as the water there was about eight feet high at least," he says, adding that they also brought dog and cat food for the stranded pets in the area.

The last time the neighbourhood experienced flooding was in 1995, he shares, when he was just a baby.

"It has never flooded here since then. That's why no one was prepared and nobody made plans to evacuate," he says.

Amirul urged more Malaysians who had boats or rafts to lend a hand to help the stranded residents.

"The last I heard today (Monday) is that the water has receded a bit but it is still at about calf level.

"But after close to three days, the people are all so tired and weak and any help will truly go a long way," he says.

Amirul also hopes that the government will "deploy every asset" to the flood stricken zones.

"People are dying, even if not from the floods, they are starving," he says.

The Gurdwara Sahib in Petaling Jaya is collecting groceries for victims of the floods. Among the supplies needed are rice, biscuits, baby formula milk powder, candles and matches, diapers and sanitary pads. For more information, call their hotline at 010 217 4556.

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