MELAKA: A Melaka exco member cautions against an invasion of pythons and huge monitor lizards into homes in low-lying areas in the city after the Wednesday (June 12) flash flood.
State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Low Chee Leong said a spate of these reptiles entering homes were reported after the flood occurred at about 2am Wednesday.
He said the Civil Defence Force (APM) managed to capture a 4m-long python in Taman Merdeka here in the early morning while others were shooed away by residents.
“Pythons and monitor lizards could be still be seen sauntering around houses affected by the flood.
“I made a second visit to the affected houses on Wednesday evening to warn residents to be on the look-out for these reptiles,” Low said.
Ten housing estates here were inundated following a downpour that lasted for about three hours.
The affected areas were Kampung Enam, Taman Melaka Baru Fasa 2, Taman Limbongan, Taman Merdeka, Taman Malim, Taman Bachang, Taman Lorong Pandan, Taman Jati, Taman Rumpun Bahagia and Pulau Kelapa.
APM later evacuated 68 individuals from 19 families at Kampung Enam here after their homes were inundated by floodwater.
The temporary evacuation centre was closed at 10.30am Wednesday after flood water receded.
Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari visited the affected areas and handed out aid to the victims.