SEBERANG PERAI, Nov 6 — As flood waters receded in most parts of the island after a massive storm late Saturday, villages and housing estates in some parts of Central and North Seberang Perai remained inundated.
Flood waters remain high and stagnant at low-lying areas in the two districts, leaving hundreds seeking refuge at relief centres while others choose to stay in their flooded homes.
The weather has cleared up since yesterday with only a slight drizzle this evening, but the flood waters that remained were mainly from the river.
Over in Sungai Dua, Taman Desa Murni is one of several badly-hit areas, with the residential area, comprising some 300 houses, inundated in flood waters.
Brackish flood waters from the swollen Sungai Dua spilled onto the main roads, entered kampung houses, shops and modern terrace houses alike in the housing estate.
In a scene that seemed surreal, paddy fields, playgrounds and open spaces in the district appeared almost like a vast sea of water.
Cars that were not shifted in time were left submerged in the flood waters while some were left parked haphazardly along the road, as if the drivers decided to abandon the vehicles when flood waters rose rapidly.
About 200 of the affected residents from Taman Desa Murni, Pengkalan Machang, Taman Meriam Indah and Kampung Petani were evacuated to the Dewan Besar Sungai Dua flood relief centre.
The evacuees were spread out throughout the hall on floor mats, thin mattresses and pillows.
One of them, Fadhli Nordin, 20, said they were evacuated at about 5am on Sunday as flood waters outside their house were waist high.
“I went home from work at about 2am and the flood waters outside were already quite high and my family didn’t want to evacuate as my father insisted that our house will not be flooded,” he said.
His house was on slightly higher ground but he said the grounds around it and the roads to it were inundated.
“Even if our house is not flooded, we will be stranded in our house until the water receded so by 5am, I insisted that we all move out to the relief centre,” he said.
The family of five only managed to bring some clothes with them when they left.
Fadhli said his sister, Nurfaradiba, is sitting for an exam in SMK Sungai Dua today and managed to grab her books, so that she could study at the hall.
“Fortunately, the Education Department is understanding and has said that flood victims don’t have to wear school uniforms and school shoes to take their exams as it would be very difficult for the students especially those who didn’t manage to bring their uniforms when they were evacuated,” he said.
Another victim, K.Letchumi, 73, was living alone when the flood waters rose near her house.
“I have four children, they live in Kulim, so I’m alone here,” she said.
She said the place she was living in was rented and it looks like she will have to look for a new place to stay.
“I don’t have much with me, I was told we have to stay here till the water recedes. I think I have to find a new place to move to after this,” she said.
Over in Central Seberang Perai, a majority of areas are still inundated in flood waters.
Areas such as Taman Sri Rambai, Taman Makok, Taman Sungai Rambai, Desa Damai, Kampung Machang Bubuk, Kampung Permatang Toh Subuh, Kampung Bukit Teh, Kampung Telok and Taman Markisah are still flooded.
Relief efforts to bring supplies, food and other items for the victims continue today.
Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim, who has been on the ground to help the victims, said food and supplies to help the evacuees are ample.
“Someone gave us over RM30,000 worth of bread and almost 100 pickup trucks came to despatch and do rescue work with many volunteers coming forward to help,” he said.
Currently, he said they are looking for volunteers to help with post-flood cleaning in areas where water has already receded.
Volunteers may call Joti at 0125196629, Joshua Woo at 0165576672 and Bernard Cheen at 0124020923.