BATU PAHAT (Bernama): Forty families in the Parit Sulong area here were hit by flash and mud floods Sunday (Dec 1) evening after two hours of downpour.
The flash and mud floods following the heavy rain, which started at 3.45pm, affected six villages, namely, Kampung Parit Betong, Parit Abdul Rahman, Parit Abdul Hadi, Parit Ju, Kampung Kangkar Merlimau and Kampung Mohd Noor.
A resident, Siti Nur Anifeasila Tukaman, 33, said when the incident happened, she was resting after returning home from a wedding.
She said the flash and mud floods had occurred several times this year with Sunday's incident being the worst resulting in a knee-level inundation.
"Flash floods are occurring more often in the last two years especially after the garbage disposal dump in Bukit Payong, became operational, other than drainage problems.
"The flood waters rose very fast and my house was filled with water in a mere 10 minutes and I was helpless to do anything," she said when met by Bernama at her house in Kampung Mohd Noor here Monday (Dec 2).
She also hoped the authorities concerned would assist the residents in the area to prevent a repeat of the flash and mud floods.
A resident of Kampung Kangkar Merlimau, Yusuf Jamari, 39, said his house was also affected by the flash and mud floods.
He said all his furniture and some other items belonging to him were damaged including a motorcycle.
"I hope the authorities can solve our flood problem," he said.
A survey by Bernama at 11.30am Monday found that the floods had subsided in some areas.
The Batu Pahat district is the first to be affected by floods in the state.
Fifty-four victims from 13 families were moved to Sekolah Agama Seri Comel.
All the affected victims were from three villages, namely, Kampung Parit Betong, Kampung Parit Abdul Hadi and Kampung Parit Ju. - Bernama