PERMATANG PAUH, Nov 8 — As residents at Kampung Tanjung Putus here scrambled to higher ground over the weekend to escape the devasting floods, a pregnant mother was left struggling on her own as she gathered her family and belongings to move to a relative’s house nearby.
Nurul Liyana, 27, said that when the heavy rain started on Saturday night, she and her husband, policeman Mohd Gazi Ismail, 35, had to act quickly to salvage what they could.
But Mohd Gazi could do little to help because he had fractured his elbow a week before the floods.
“I had to manage most of it by myself,” the mother of two — four-year-old Nur Aimim Sofiah and two-year-old Ahmad Khalaf — told Malay Mail.
The family stayed in their house on Saturday night but when the floods worsened the next morning, Nurul, who is five months pregnant, panicked.
“My daughter woke up on Sunday and said our porch was like one big swimming pool. Water entered her kitchen and toilet. We had to vacate fast,” she said.
Braving the downpour, Nurul helped her family to move to a safer spot
“I was worried for my children and husband. Thankfully we managed,” she said.
Nurul said she pushed her husband’s motorcycle through flood waters to higher ground.
“Fortunately I could drive the family car to higher ground near the mosque,” she said.
She said her 58-year-old mother in-law, Zarah Ali, who had travelled from Terengganu to help take care of her husband, also helped with the evacuation.
“My mother-in-law helped to carry some of our items to a nearby house,” she said.
Mohd Gazi was among those at the village mosque, which has been turned into a temporary relief centre, when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak paid a visit yesterday.
Najib handed over 20 disaster care packages to affected families, while several badly affected victims like Mohd Gazi received a token of RM200 each.