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Flood victims in Kuala Krai trapped with no food, water and electricity

Flood victims in Kuala Krai trapped with no food, water and electricity
Kuala Krai residents brave through the floods after Jalan Temerloh-Jerantut was inundated by flood waters. - BERNAMA Photo
KUALA LUMPUR: In the time when many quarters are busy distributing aid and channeling donations to flood victims in Kelantan, approximately 100 victims taking shelter at a school in Kuala Krai, have been living without food, clean water, electricity or any aid for over 40 hours.

A victim, who is also a dental expert at Sultanah Bahiyah Children Hospital in Alor Setar, Dr Azilah Mohd Ali, said the fate of the victims at Sekolah Menengah Sultan Yahya Petra 1 (SYP1) remained unknown so far.

"I was informed that the victims have not received any aid or food since being evacuated last Wednesday," he told Bernama when contacted today. 

She said nine of her family members, including two her two siblings, in-laws and five of their children aged between seven and 27, were among those who were trapped at the school over the past three days.
Dr Azilah said she herself was taking shelter at a relative's house in Taman Krai Sentral, which was also hit by floods.

"We lost contact as their mobile phones ran out of battery and I have to take care of my two ailing parents.

"The main problem we're facing now is to have clean water supply and food to eat," she said.

Meanwhile, a civil servant in the city, Soon Li Wei, 26, who also hails from Kuala Krai, said that she had lost contact with her family in Taman Guchil Jaya and Kampung Guchil 4, for the past three days.

"I tried to contact them but to no avail. Until now, I have no news about them. The one I worried most is my 80-year-old grandmother, Chan Cho Chu, who is living alone in her house because I was informed by a friend in the village that my grandmother's house was inundated by flood waters up to the waist level.

"I also could not contact my parents. They probably have been evacuated to a relief centre," she said.

A private college student in Petaling Jaya, Kua Chee Hoe, 23, when contacted, said he learned about the floods that hit his family house in Jalan Ah Sang, Kuala Krai, through a photograph that was circulated on Facebook.

"I tried to contact my family, but to no avail...then, I turned to my friends on Facebook and asked them to help my family who were trapped.

"Luckily, I got help from Kuala Krai MCA Youth who sent a small boat to take my family out of the flooded area," he said.