Floods: Padi fields in Sungai Rambai, Melaka, inundated

Part of the padi fields in Parit Sidang Seman Benteng in Sungai Rambai that were inundated. - Photo: Bernama

JASIN: Continuous rain in the past few days resulted in several houses and padi fields in Kampung Parit Sidang Seman Benteng in the Sungai Rambai area near here being submerged since Friday (March 3).

Flood victim Nur Faezah Zabidin, 26, said the floods also caused 1.21ha out of 3.24ha of padi fields to be damaged. The padi was supposed to be harvested in April.

"We had expected to harvest the paddy during Hari Raya but now we can only afford to pray and hope that the flood water would subside soon to avoid suffering bigger losses.

"The floods that hit this time were completely unexpected and we are worried that if this kind of weather persists, it may be a repeat of what happened in 2006,” she said when met by reporters Saturday (March 4).

Nur Faezah, who is now seeking shelter at the SK Parit Gantong temporary relief centre (PPS), said the flood caused many of her electrical items to be damaged.

Meanwhile, her neighbour, Zulhilmi Monjani, 22, who works as an oil palm plantation worker, said his income was also affected because there was no work over the past few days due to the flooding.

"Normally, in a day's work I can collect a ton of palm fruits and I will be paid around RM80. I am hoping the floodwaters would subside soon, I know this is a test from God,” he said.

Another resident, Nor Hidayah Sulaiman, 37 from Kampung Batu Gajah said she managed to rescue and move her personal items to safety before the floodwaters rose.

"Furthermore, the slope near my house had been upgraded which caused the water to rise slowly and my three children and I were able to move the things before we moved to the relief centre at SK Batu Gajah.

"I am happy with the facilities at the relief centre, including the food and lodging but if more people are relocated here, then other relief centres would have to open," she said. - Bernama

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