BUKIT BERUNTUNG (Bernama) – There will be no joy of celebrating Deepavali this year for a cleaner after she had to leave her home following a landslide in Bukit Beruntung on Monday.
Preparations that Jothi Rengasamy, 45, had made for the festival – new clothes, special food and sweets – all had to be left behind in her home in Teratai Apartment, Taman Bukit Raya when she and her four children were ordered to evacuate with only the clothes on their backs.
“I have already spent RM1,800 to buy all the necessary things but everything had to be left behind when we were asked to leave yesterday,” Jothi told Bernama when met at the temporary shelter in Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Bunga Raya Dua.
Jothi, who earns a monthly wage of RM900 as a cleaner, said her children, S Balamurugan, 21, S Ranjitha, 20, S Sivaranjini, 19, and SMathan Kumar, 17, now had to celebrate Deepavali at the shelter.
She said they had no plans to visit relatives and neighbours who would also be celebrating Deepavali.
“It looks like my relatives and neighbours will be visiting me here. What is sad is that all the goodies and raw ingredients kept in the refrigerator cannot be eaten now as electricity supply in the area had been cut off,” she said.
Another affected resident, Abraham Issac, 44, said he had lost the desire to celebrate Deepavali when he thought of the housing unit that was bought for RM45,000 was now unsafe.
He said all the necessary items for the celebration had to be left behind as each member of the family was only allowed to take important documents to the shelter.
“I only brought along my identity card, birth certificate and house documents, because after the electric supply was cut off, we residents were not allowed to enter the area,” he said.
Yesterday, about 500 residents of Block ‘K’ and ‘L’ were moved to the shelters in three schools.