Chepor floods the worst in 30 years, say victims


Chepor structured village residents said that the floods – the worst they had experienced in 30 years – began at dusk on Oct 4, 2022. – Bernama

IPOH: Victims of the flash flood at Chepor Structured Village Plan (RPT) here have described the incident as the worst they have experienced in 30 years.

Housewife Cik Som Idris, 64, said she realised water started to enter her house very quickly some time after Maghrib prayers on Tuesday (Oct 4).

"In the more than 30 years living here, there have not been flash floods and we were caught unprepared," she told Bernama when met at the temporary relief centre (PPS) at Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Klebang here on Wednesday (Oct 5).

Retiree Ismail Husin, 72, said when he saw heavy rain falling non-stop in the afternoon, he decided to keep his valuables in a high place in case there was a flood.

"My hunch was correct. When I was cleaning the house at about 8pm, other villagers started to complain of the rising water level. At about 10pm, we were instructed to go to the PPS due to worries the water level could rise further and most houses had already been flooded," he said.

Bank officer Mohd Redwan, 35, said he was contacted by his mother at around 7pm informing him about the flood in the house and he told her to keep documents and important items in a high and safe place.

"I went straight to my mother's house on a motorbike and saw that the water had already entered the house. I immediately took my mother to the PPS so she could rest," he said.

The number of victims at Chepor RPT has since dropped to 87 as of noon Wednesday compared to 93 people earlier at 8am.

On Tuesday, a Perak Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said in a statement that they received a call about the flooding due to heavy rain at 10.05pm and that the water level was about half a meter. – Bernama

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