Several Johor areas inundated again

Unexpected sale: Lee (right) helping customers to choose their shoes at her shop. She is selling shoes that got wet during the floods for between RM3 and RM5. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: Continuous heavy rain since Saturday night caused several areas in this district and Kota Tinggi to be flooded again, with people hardly having the time to recover from the floods that hit them on Jan 2.

A Bernama check in several areas here including Kampung Laut Batu 10 and Kampung Paya, which were badly hit by floods last week, found that all the villagers had either moved to their relatives’ houses or evacuation centres.

Flood victims who returned home after staying in temporary shelters are now worried that they may have to go through the ordeal all over again following heavy rain for the past two days.

“I have been anxious since as I am worried that my house will be flooded again, ” said business owner Afizah Mohd Yunos, 50, yesterday.

For now, she has moved most of her belongings, especially electrical appliances, to the upper floor of her double storey house in Taman Kemang.

Afizah said she had been home for just three days with her 25-year-old daughter and 90-year-old father.

Prior to this, they had sought refuge at her shop in Taman Kota Jaya after her home was inundated.

“I did not expect the water to go up as high and as fast as it did last week. I tried to carry some of my stuff to the top floor but it was too late as the water was already rushing in and we had to evacuate as soon as possible.

“We decided to stay at my shop instead of the temporary shelter as the area around my shop was not badly affected, ” she said.

Technician Khairul Baharuddin, 22, who only returned home from a temporary shelter three days ago, said he and his family had packed their clothes in preparation of another round of floods.

“Although we do not wish to go through another round, it is better to just be prepared, ” he said.

“We are still in the midst of cleaning our house after the water receded four days ago.

“We were hoping to finish the cleaning within the next two days but it seems like it will take a longer time.”

Restaurant owner Radin Haslinah Radin Othman, 53, is bracing herself for the possibility of having to close her eatery if the rain continues.

“After shutting down for about a week due to floods and to clean the shop when the water receded, I was finally able to reopen (yesterday).

“However, if it continues to pour, I will have to move all the stuff and shut down again until the situation improves, ” she said.

Shirene Lee, who owns a shop selling shoes in Kota Tinggi, said she started packing her goods and would move them to the second floor of the building.

“It has been raining on and off since Saturday night. It is best to be prepared, ” said Lee, 37.

She was also forced to sell the shoes that got wet during the floods for between RM3 and RM5.

Meanwhile, a Bernama report said Malik Yahya, a resident of Kampung Paya, Bukit Mutiara here, said that he was still cleaning his house when the water started to rise again yesterday morning.

“It started rising from 9am due to continuous heavy rain from Saturday night.

“I immediately saved the important documents first, ” said the father of three.

Another resident who wanted to be known as Khadijah in her 30s said: “We were in the midst of cleaning and washing clothes when it started to flood again. It’s sad but what can we do?”

As of 4pm, the number of flood victims in the state increased to 1,251 people from 382 families compared to 479 people from 128 families at 8am yesterday. The affected districts are Kota Tinggi, Johor Baru, Mersing and Segamat.

At the Kota Tinggi Bridge, a Bernama check found that the river was flowing very fast and the water level was very high due to the heavy downpour.

Firemen and personnel from other agencies were also seen patrolling around the housing estates and nearby villages.

A resident of Taman Kemang, Afizah Yunos, 50, said all the electrical appliances were taken to the second floor of her house.

“We can only pray that there will be no second wave of floods. The water rose very fast last week, ” said Afizah who returned home on Tuesday.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has issued a bad weather warning with very heavy rain expected to continue in Johor until today.

The areas in the state expected to experience bad weather are Batu Pahat, Kluang, Pontian, Kulai, Kota Tinggi and Johor Baru, said MetMalaysia.

Bad weather with continuous heavy rains are also predicted in the Segamat and Mersing.

Weather warnings for heavy rains until tomorrow were also issued for Tangkak and Muar in Johor, and Maran, Kuantan, Bera, Pekan and Rompin in Pahang.

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