TANAH MERAH: “Have you finished cleaning?” and “How deep was the water?” have become standard greetings for people in Kelantan.
The locals, who had been hit by major floods in east coast states recently, have started returning to their homes to clean up the mess.
It has also become a common sight to see two or three people stopping by the roadside to discuss the floods and how they had survived the disaster as well as to lament the authorities’ supposedly slow action in handling the situation.
It is also a race against time to clean up homes and business premises once the water supply is restored.
“I must do it as fast as possible before the mud dries and hardens as it will then be difficult to remove,” said a retiree, who only wanted to be known as Madam Loh, at her house where the floor was covered with 3cm-deep mud.
After the weekend, many were seen heading for the banks to get money on Monday. But a check around town found that only one bank had resumed operation, with the rest still cleaning up their premises and their ATMs down.
“This is very inconvenient. I need money to buy food and stuff for my family,” said retiree Wan Omar Wan Ahmad, 64, before leaving for Machang, some 20km away.
Met hurriedly outside a bank here, one of the customers said he wanted to know how he could withdraw some money as he had lost his bank books and personal documents in the floods.
By yesterday, most of the banks had reopened.
As the wet market remained closed, the public shopped for essentials at sundry shops and mini-stores.
Some traders, who managed to get their supplies from the border town in Thailand some 50km away, opened their stores outside the market.
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