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500 villagers in Dengkil evacuated


WORSENING WEATHER: Sungai Langat overflows banks after two days of rain

DENGKIL: MORE than 500 people from two villages and five  residential areas here were evacuated  after Sungai Langat  overflowed its banks yesterday morning.

The victims are from Kampung Semarang, Kampung Cemperai, Taman Amentis, Taman Emas, Taman Kristal, Taman Permata and Taman Baiduri, all in Sepang district. Floodwaters rose 1.2m after two days of non-stop rain.

Fire and Rescue Department operation commander Sharikan Bastaman said the Cyberjaya Fire Station was alerted about the flood at 4:50am yesterday.

He said 38 firemen from Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Putrajaya were despatched with several boats.

"As of 5pm, there are 348 people at Dengkil community hall, while 197 people are at the Kampung Semarang community hall.

"If the weather worsens, more people will be evacuated. We also have villagers who stayed behind to guard their houses."

A victim, Mansor Baharom, 75, from Kampung Cemperai, a father of 10 children, said he noticed the floodwater rising at 3am.

"As my house is in a low-lying area, I had to move my bedridden-wife Zawiyah Johan, 70, to my second son's house nearby, which is on higher ground.

"At 10am, when my house was flooded, my son told me to seek shelter at the Dengkil community hall, which is 15 minutes away, and that he would stay to take care of my wife."

Salina Saharudin, 25, who delivered her second child a month ago, was forced to seek shelter at the flood relief centre with her first child while her husband stayed behind. "We could not save the car, electrical equipment and furniture."

Rozlan Hussin, 44, from Taman Baiduri, said he took his wife and other family members to the relief centre, but he left his second son at his friend's house. "My son will sit the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination tomorrow at SM Dengkil."

Fire and Rescue Department personnel evacuating flood victims in Dengkil yesterday. Pic by Ahmad Irham Mohd

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