Volunteers rally to help flood-hit village in Kulai

Muthuswamy (right) handing over food packets during the charity event held at his home in Kampung Baru Sengkang in Kulai.

A GROUP of volunteers have stepped up to help some 120 residents in Kampung Baru Sengkang, Kulai in Johor, whose homes were hit by flash floods earlier this month.

Dr L. Muthuswamy, who coordinated the charity event, said nine people came together to provide aid to the residents.

“As a resident of Kampung Baru Sengkang, I know most of the people here well and understand those who are in need of help.

“After seeing some of my neighbours affected by the flash floods, I decided to do something about it.

“I gathered a group of volunteers, including those from the Johor Baru Shechinah Association, to help out,” he told StarMetro after handing out aid during the event held at his house.

Kampung Baru Sengkang was among areas affected by a flash flood on Nov 12.

Two temporary relief centres were opened for two days to house about 40 families affected by the incident.

Muthuswamy noted that about RM2,000 was collected and used to distribute food and other essentials to the affected people.

“One of our volunteers prepared over 100 packs of food for the residents.

“Additionally, we distributed other basic essentials including biscuits, milk, noodles and even clothes,” he added.

Muthuswamy said this was the third time he gathered the community to help those affected by floods in his neighbourhood.

“The first time was during the Great Johor Floods back in 2006 and the second time was last year.

“We hope that the aid will not only help the flood victims to get by, but also cheer them up,” he said. — By VENESA DEVI

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