According to Bernama, a student Nur Aleeya Maisarah Mansor and her parents were forced to spend ten hours on the roof beam of their house as the massive Pahang flood took over their area, last Sunday (3 Jan).
Recalling the horrifying experience, Aleeya considers herself lucky to have survived the floods and said that she had not expected to face such a situation although her house had been flooded previously.
“Usually, although the area is prone to floods, the water would not rise to the front of the house, only to the road beside the house. We did not expect such a big flood to happen. For the first time ever, the water nearly reached the roof,” she said to Bernama.
Aleeya’s family house was located in Kampung Ajai in Dong, Raub, which was under renovation. She noticed that around noon, floodwaters began to rise fast and by 2pm, the water level has exceeded the hip.
“We decided to climb onto the scaffolding used for the renovation. The situation worsened by 5pm, as the water had engulfed the staging, so we had to climb higher to the roof beam of the house. We did not have anything to eat since the morning, only some candy I had in my bag,” she mentioned.
Due to swift currents, Nur Aleeya Maisarah said she, her father Mansor Omar, 50, and mother Ayusyeila Zulaikha Subari, 44, were only evacuated by rescue personnel at 2.56am.
“The security team tried repeatedly to save us but due to the heavy currents, they were afraid the boat would overturn. But I am grateful that they finally managed to save us and I would like to thank everyone who sought help for us,” she said.
Although they were saved, the family lost nearly all their possessions, including their car, clothes and electrical appliances. They are now being placed at the evacuation centre at Dewan Serbaguna Kampung Pia.
Raub district recorded 1,616 evacuees from 459 families at 46 relief centres as of 4 pm yesterday.