Floods: Victims stuck on roof in Taman Sri Nanding rescued, sent to ketua kampung’s house

Rescue has come to flood victims stuck on the rooftops of their homes in Taman Sri Nanding, says Kampung Dusun Nanding Community Management Council (MPKK) chairman Mohd Yusof Abdul Manan.

Taman Sri Nanding – whose residents’ plight were highlighted after a video of their predicament went viral – are included under this MPKK.

“Rescue operations by the Fire and Rescue and Civil Defence departments began at 9am this morning (Dec 19). The mission had to be carried out in stages as there were many victims,” he said.

Mohd Yusof added that there were approximately 100 people on the rooftop of a surau and said that there are approximately 1,000 houses in Taman Sri Nanding.

“There were ten houses there with about 10-15 people on top of each roof. As the rescue teams only have two boats at their disposal for now, we will need time to get everybody to safety,” said Mohd Yusof.

He estimated that some 200 victims were caught off guard when water levels rose rapidly between 8pm to 10pm during the downpour last night, with many being elderly, women and children.

“We had received and sent out alerts through the residents’ social media groups but many of the victims were of the impression that the flood would eventually subside as this area has experienced flooding many times in the past,” he said

From their experience flood levels usually don’t go over a metre high. This time, it was different and many had to scramble for safety on rooftops,” added Mohd Yusof.

Mohd Yusof added that he has not received any reports of deaths due to the flooding so far but he knows many who have lost all their belongings.

Approximately 20 of those who were stuck on rooftops are being sent to Mohd Yusof’s home as he has a big compound.

“We have a rescue centre in SRK (Agama) Nanding but there are already 1000 people there. So it’s too full. So the victims will be sent to my house where they will receive food and shelter for the time being,” he said.

He has also received news from the Welfare Department that food aid will be sent but the roads to his area are still blocked by flood water, mud and debris.

Also providing aid to the victims in this is the Red Crescent