Fireman passes out while trying to save flood victim in Melaka

MELAKA (Bernama): A Melaka Tengah Fire and Rescue Department officer lost consciousness during a flood rescue operation at Kampung Sungai Putat in Ayer Keroh here at about 5.30pm Wednesday (Oct 20).

Melaka Fire and Rescue Department director Abu Bakar Katain identified the fireman as Mohd Diya Che Jusoh, 46.

He said Mohd Diya was part of a rescue team from the Kubu Melaka Tengah station who rushed to Kampung Sungai Putat here after receiving call at 4.45pm on Tuesday (Oct 20).

He said the rescue mission was launched to rescue 14 flood victims trapped at their home.

Abu Bakar said his men were overwhelmed by the undercurrent and this was when Diya was believed to have lost his balance

"He is believed to have been swept by the undercurrent before passing out.

"He is now being treated at the Melaka Hospital and his condition is still unstable, requiring a ventilator," he added.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that three districts in Melaka were also hit by flash floods following downpours in the state since noon Wednesday.

Melaka Civil Defence Force director Lt Col (PA) Cuthbert John Martin Quadra said from the total, 20 locations were in Melaka Tengah, Alor Gajah (nine) and Jasin (seven).

He said as of 7pm Wednesday, three flood relief centres were opened in preparation to house affected flood victims.

"The centres are SMK Tun Mutahir di Melaka Tengah, SK Durian Tunggal (Alor Gajah) and SMK Seri Bemban (Jasin).

"We have yet to determine the number of evacuees as they are still being registered at the centres,” he said in a statement.

The affected areas in Melaka Tengah district include Sungai Putat, Bukit Beruang, Malim Permai, Desa Duyong, Ayer Keroh, Taman Rambai Jaya, Kampung Sungai Badau, Bakar Batu, Balai Panjang, Kampung Kolam, Kampung Morten and Tengkera.

Kampung Dalong, Kampung Danun, Parit Melana, Kampung Padang Keladi, Durian Daun and Bukit Balai in Alor Gajah as well as Pekan Merlimau, Jasin Bestari, Asam Kumbang, and Lubuk Kasau, Tehel in Jasin were also affected by the flash floods.

In REMBAU, Negri Sembilan, Bernama also reported that heavy rainfall had caused eight villages to be hit by flash floods Wednesday evening after several rivers broke their banks.

A part of Jalan Pulau Mampat-Seberang Batu Hampar was damaged, rendering the road inaccessible to traffic.

Negri Sembilan Civil Defence Force director Lt Col (PA) Mohd Syukri Md Nor said Kampung Tanjung Sena Hilir, Kampung Sungai Ibor, Kampung Minching, Kampung Paya Besar, Kampung Merbau 9, Kampung Sungai Batu, Kampung Raden and Kampung Pulau Besar were hit by floods.

"Meanwhile Jalan Pulau Mampat-Seberang Batu Hampar was damaged at around 4pm and was closed off by the Public Works Department as it is currently unsafe for motorists.

"Jalan Linggi-Pedas at the Sungai Ibor bridge is also closed to light vehicles as the river water level is still at danger level, around 600mm. Motorists can use the alternative route, Jalan Kundur-Pilin to get to Rembau town,” he told Bernama here Wednesday.

He said that currently no one had been evacuated and no relief centres were opened so far in the district.

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