Two senior citizens’ homes hit once again

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  • Monday, 06 Nov 2017

Heart-wrenching sight: Several senior citizens wading through chest-high water after their old folks’ home in Jalan P. Ramlee was flooded.

GEORGE TOWN: Two senior citizens’ homes in Jalan P. Ramlee and Lengkok P. Ramlee, which were hit by flash floods in September, suffered more serious floods this time, leading to the death of a resident.

Founder of both homes, Peter Tan, said they had planned to move after the massive floods on Sept 15.

“The floods this time were worse as the water was more than a metre deep,” he said.

A 64-year-old female resident drowned at 9am yesterday when flood waters gushed into the Jalan P. Ramlee home.

“The death was most unfortunate. It’s not easy to find the right place to run these non-profit centres which depend mostly on public donations,” Tan said.

As both the homes were short of staff, volunteers helped to transfer 20 residents to a temporary shelter in Sungai Ara.

During the Sept 15 flood, 12 of the senior citizens had to be temporarily placed at a school in Hamilton Road.

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