BEAUFORT – Stroke patient Asmah Ali is among the flood victims relocated to the Dewan Baru Beaufort relief centre today.
The 56-year-old from Kampung Balibata was forced to evacuate her home after it was flooded when the swollen Sungai Padas overflowed.
Water-level at the river now measures 9.43 metres, exceeding the danger level.
Asmah, a stroke patient since 2010, has been placed in a special room to enable her family members to tend to her personal needs, such as diaper change.
Despite the stroke, Asmah is able to talk and hoped her family would receive a house under the People’s Housing Project (PPR) so that they could relocate from their old home.
“My late husband was a retired policeman and now, I am forced to live in a house which is hit by floods during the wet season,” she told reporters here.
In the past, Asmah would move into her son’s house when it flooded. However, this time around, the water rose so fast that she was sent to the relief centre.
Meanwhile, Beaufort Hospital director Dr K. Sutharsan said Asmah and the other flood victims would be continuously monitored at the relief centre.
He said a registration counter had been opened to enable victims to register, should they need treatment, adding that more serious cases would be sent to the hospital for follow-up treatment.
“During the flood season, we will make sure flood evacuees maintain cleanliness to prevent them from being afflicted with water-borne diseases,” he said. – BERNAMA