People caught in east coast floods count the cost of disaster

KOTA BARU: The floods in Kelantan and Terengganu have left a trail of destruction in their wake.

In Kelantan, one of the worst hit areas is the Mahmudi Kedai Melor Mosque here, which suffered losses estimated at RM100,000.

The mosque's senior Imam, Suhaimi Ibrahim, described the floods that hit the area on Monday as the worst in his memory.

"Based on the video recording from closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, the floodwater rose to 0.8 metre high, inundating the compound of the mosque.

"Carpets, prayer mats and the storage facility were damaged.

"Even the gate of the mosque was damaged," he said when met at the mosque.

Suhaimi said the mosque had replaced the carpet in the prayer hall at a cost of almost RM30,000 about three months ago.

"This is the worst floods since five years ago," he said.

For the past three days, Suhaimi said the management of the mosque had organised a gotong-royong to clean the compound.

"We will use the available funds to replace and repair all the damaged items and facilities for the comfort our congregation," he said.

In Kuala Berang, Terengganu, a fish breeder was devastated with RM30,000 in losses due to the floods.

Zakaria Ismail, 56, said the floods triggered by strong river currents of Sungai Telemong, swept away his fish stock reared in three cages.

"The fast-flowing floodwater brought with it mud that also contributed to the death of the fish," he said.

Another fish breeder, Abdul Aziz Mamat, 34, said only one of his nine cages were damaged during the floods.

"Based on my experience with floods, I immediately sold the fish in most of the cages before the monsoon season.

"This has helped to mitigate the impact and losses from the floods," he said.

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