Rantau Panjang folk ready for floods

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  • Monday, 28 Oct 2019

Muddied and waterlogged: A family drying their furniture after floods hit several areas of Kampung Simpang Durian in Jelebu. — Bernama

PASIR MAS: The year-end monsoon season that often hits the east coast, especially in Kelantan, is a nightmare for people.

Concerned about the possible damage to his property, Ismail Salleh, 74, from Kampung Terusan in Rantau Panjang here, spent RM40,000 to build an additional strong room in his home to store valuables.

“The construction of this additional room is a long-term preparation for the monsoon season. It was built at a height of over 3m to keep goods safe.

“Previously, my home was constantly flooded during the monsoon season and damaged many electrical items and furniture. I hope this time the floodwaters will not seep through the newly-built area, ” he said.

Meanwhile, his son Mohd Nizam, 40, said the village, which is home to 50 other families, often has to contend with stagnant floodwaters that take a while to subside.

He said in order to resolve the matter, residents would usually build mini bridges to connect the houses to the main road.

“These mini bridges are usually made of long bamboo poles and installed from the stairs to provide access for homeowners who prefer not to move to temporary evacuation centres and to enable them to buy essential items, especially when there is stagnant floodwaters.

“Other residents bought boats or fibre boats to commute. Vehicles such as motorcycles and cars were also kept in high places, ” he added.

Another resident, Mohd Izariq Affendi Mohd Nawi, 19, said every resident has boats or rowboats in preparation.

He said the boats were usually kept under the house and would only be used when floodwaters reached the knee level.

“Whenever the floods hit, boats become the main transport.

“In my case, this boat was used by my grandfather and now I am the third generation using it, ” he said.

He said that although the monsoon season is just starting, preliminary preparations have to be made as the area would be flooded in no time as it is located in the lowland, with Sungai Golok just 40m away from their village.

In Seremban, the flood situation in the Jelebu area continued to show improvement.

Two relief centres – Balai Raya Kampung Juntai and Masjid Kampung Jerang – are still open.

On Saturday, three of the five centres were closed after the situation improved and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

Among the affected villages were Kampung Telekong, Kampung Chennah, Kampung Juntai, Kampung Simpang Durian and Kampung Jerang. — Bernama

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