WHEN Mohd Esa Abdul Hamid’s house was inundated during a recent flood in Kampung Paya, Kuala Lumpur, he had little time to save his belongings.
With waters rising to almost knee high in less than an hour, Mohd Esa, 43, said his family lost mattresses, clothes and other essentials, resulting in about RM1,000 in losses.
“There was not much we could do as the waters rose quickly. We had to spend the whole night cleaning up the house.
“We experienced the same thing in September when the village was once again flooded during a downpour.
“We think this was caused by improper drainage; we hope the authorities will look into this, ” he said, adding that the problem had worsened over the past 10 years.
Heavy rain on Nov 17 caused many parts of Kuala Lumpur to be flooded, including Kampung Baru, Taman Keramat and Taman Maluri.
In an effort to aid flood victims, such as Mohd Esa, Yayasan Bank Rakyat (YBR) presented RM200 cash aid to each of the 250 affected families.
YBR chairman Datuk Nazir Hussin Akhtar Hussin said the initiative was part of the foundation’s corporate social responsibility to help the community.
“We hope to undertake other fundraising activities to help out more families in need in the future.
“The foundation has focused its efforts on helping out orphanages, elderly care homes and tahfiz centres affected due to Covid-19, ” he said, adding that they managed to help out 20 such institutions nationwide.
Nazir Hussin added that the foundation now planned to expand the aid programme with more donors on board.
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