Floods: more help, rescues needed for stranded families
As he waded through waist-deep water to his parents’ house in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam on Sunday evening (December 19), Amirul Hafiz Zulkefly could hear calls for help from all directions.
He even saw a body floating in an inflatable paddling pool.
“It was really very dark and very sad. People were begging for help, some held their babies in front of the windows in the hope that rescuers would spot the infants and save them quickly,” shares Amirul, 28, who lives now in Subang Jaya but raised in Taman Sri Muda.
Although his parents left town for balik kampung, he went to the neighborhood with his brother Amirul Izzuddin Zulkefly and two cousins, Abdul Hadi Muhamad and Abdul Hafiz Abdul Ghafar, to bring food and water to his parents’ neighbors who had not eaten for about 48 hours.
“They have diabetes and one of them has heart disease as well. And they have young children, the youngest of which is only three or four years old.
“The first floor of their house was completely inundated and the water was slowly rising to the first floor.
“Fortunately theirs is a three-story house, but imagine what so many others went through,” says Amirul, who managed to access the neighbor’s house through a hilly area behind the row of houses.
“Otherwise there would have been no way to reach them as the water was at least eight feet high,” he says, adding that they also brought dog and cat food for the stranded animals. In the region.
The last time the neighborhood was flooded was in 1995, he says, when he was just a baby.
“There has never been any flooding here since then. That’s why no one was prepared and no one planned to evacuate,” he said.
Amirul urged more Malaysians who had boats or rafts to lend a hand to help stranded residents.
“The last time I heard today (Monday) was that the water has receded a bit but it is still roughly at calf level.
“But after almost three days people are all so tired and weak and any help will go really far,” he says.
Amirul also hopes that the government will “deploy all assets” in the areas affected by the floods.
“People are dying, even if it is not floods, they are starving,” he says.
Petaling Jaya’s Gurdwara Sahib collects groceries for flood victims. Supplies needed include rice, cookies, powdered baby milk, candles and matches, diapers and sanitary napkins. For more information, call their hotline on 010 217 4556.