Flood victim tries to keep spirits up

Normah with her grandchildren and her husband (front). Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Victims affected by the big flood in recent years are keeping their spirits up despite having to evacuate from their homes.

“This is one of the dangers of living in low-lying areas. This kind of thing is unavoidable as my family and I do not have enough income to buy a new house or relocate to a better place,” said Normah Jobli.

Normah showing her flooded house through her phone. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

“I can say that everything in our house, including the fridge and freezer drifted away. Our house now is empty,” the 60-year-old said.

Normah and her family were first brought to the Taman Malihah evacuation centre (PPS) and then moved to SJKC Chung Hua Sungai Tengah PPS, Jalan Sejijak.

“I remembered that it was 1am when my legs suddenly felt cold. To my shock, the place was already flooded, so we quickly packed our things and evacuated again.

 “This is the first time ever Taman Malihah PPS is flooded. But, I believe that whatever things happening now that hit Kuching city and our family are one of the challenges given by God. Every hardship that we face will always be rewarded with good things after.”

Normah stayed at the PPS with her husband, her son and her daughter-in-law, together with her five grandchildren. They were given two tents, including food, drinks, mats, and blankets during their stay.

“As it did not rain much today, I thought of going back home but my son advised me not to as he wants to clear the debris brought by from floodwaters first.

“I am grateful to the government for the help. I know it is not easy for them as this PPS alone is occupied by 204 family members.”