PASIR MAS (Bernama) – “I feel that night was just like a tsunami attack,” said a 47-year-old woman, who wished to be known as Atiya, while commenting on the daunting situation she faced at her home in Rantau Panjang when it was hit by floods last Thursday.
She said although she, her husband and four children managed to save themselves, however their belongings, especially electrical appliances, furniture, and beds were almost all spoilt due to the flash flood.
Describing it as the worst disaster to occur since 1969, Atiya said, they were lucky as her husband Wan Daud Wan Salleh had begun taking action as soon as the rain started pouring.
“As soon as my husband woke me up, I rushed my kids through the rapid waters and heavy rain into our car which was parked at the side of a road as a precautionary measure.
“The water level rose fast as even before we could leave the house, the water had reached just below the knees,” she said when met by Bernama in front of her house yesterday.
The most fretful thing for Atiya, who ran a shop making false teeth in Rantau Panjang was that all her business equipment had been spoilt, affecting her source of income.
Even more disheartening is the condition of their house, which had been renovated earlier to accommodate their business.
“I really regret this because we had been running this business for a long time…almost 15 years.
“A lot of people including those from outside of Rantau Panjang had also become our regular customers,” she said.
Pasir Mas is still the worst hit district in Kelantan in terms of victims, with 11,755 in total placed in 33 relief centres as of 4pm on Sunday.
A temporary relief centre in Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Rantau Panjang Dua had the most number of victims recorded with 632 families consisting of 1,696 individuals.