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Mother of six braves flood, darkness to ferry her brood to DITC relief centre

CHUKAI, Dec 13 (Bernama) — A mother of six had to drive herself through 0.5 metres of floodwater and the darkness of the night to the temporary relief centre at Darul Iman Training Center (DITC) here after her home was flooded at 11 pm, yesterday.

Jusnata Aina Mohd, 37, a housewife, who lived at the affordable housing scheme in Telok Kalong, Kemaman, said she had to brace herself to save her children, aged between four months and 17 years, to take them to DITC as her husband was away on work.

“Upon hearing the announcement from the housing estate management to move immediately to DITC, I and the children rushed to pack and brought along a few essential things to DITC. Thankfully, having experienced a similar situation last year, I and my children did not panic even though my husband was not at home,” she told Bernama at the centre here today.

She said she and her children had made early preparations for the flood season this year, including transferring various valuable items such as furniture and important documents to a higher place.

“Last year, when the house was flooded, we suffered huge losses amounting to thousands of ringgit because we did not have time to save our belongings as we did not expect the house to be flooded… so this year we made early preparations to avoid a similar situation,” she said.

As of 2 pm, 251 victims from 60 families were affected by floods in Kemaman district and 213 of them have been placed at DITC since it opened at 12 pm.