Volunteers help do the dirty work


KUALA TERENGGANU: As the weather improves and relief centres gradually close, evacuees return to their homes to perform the next heavy task – cleaning up the thick mud and flood debris.

Fortunately for some, help was available. Among the lucky villages was Kampung Sungai Ikan, Tepoh in Kuala Nerus near here.

Evacuees who returned home yesterday were aided by volunteers from Transformasi Terenganu Baru, who scraped and cleaned the thick mud at the houses.

Rusiawati Mohd Rosli, 29, said for all her mental preparation while staying at the relief centre, the reality was almost too much to bear for her.

When met at her house, the mother of three said she was so thankful for the volunteers.

“Otherwise, I would not even know where to start. Cleaning a house after a flood is never easy, especially without help.

“I have been doing this every year, except for last year, but I still find it difficult. I am already beginning to get tired of this yearly ordeal,” she said, adding that with the help, all that she need to do was to rearrange her furniture.

Helping hands: Villagers in Kampung Sungai Ikan, Tepoh in Kuala Nerus returning from flood relief centres were greeted by a team of volunteers busy cleaning mud and debris.
Helping hands: Villagers in Kampung Sungai Ikan, Tepoh in Kuala Nerus returning from flood relief centres were greeted by a team of volunteers busy cleaning mud and debris.

Another villager, Zuriah Mohd Zainal, 45, also dreaded the back-breaking task of cleaning her house.

“I am getting old, so I am very happy that the volunteers came and helped me clean and wash my house. I can’t thank them enough,” said the mother of two.

As of 5pm yesterday, three relief centres – one in Dungun and two in Kuala Nerus – remained open to shelter to 251 victims.

The relief centres in Marang and Kuala Terengganu were officially closed at noon yesterday.

However, weather report forecast isolated rain in these districts.

Grateful: Rusiawati (left) and Zuriah had little to do thanks to the volunteers.

In Kampung Sungai Temiang, 61-year-old keropok entrepreneur Hussin Awang suffered huge losses when his keropok machine and produce were damaged by the floods.

In the same village, the wall of Noriah A. Rahman’s house collapsed after strong currents slammed into it.

She said the 1m-high floods were unexpected as it had never been that severe in the last 28 years.

Only two schools – SK Kampung Gemuruh and SK Bukit Guntong – will be closed today, as they were being used as evacuation centres for flood victims.

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