It was the worst rainy weather I had seen. The skies remained overcast as sheets
of rain poured down without stopping. In the evenings, the rain was usually
accompanied by blinding flashes of lightning and deafening peals of thunder.
Most of the residents in my area remained confined indoors. Apart from people
scurrying to and from work and school, there was little outdoor activity.
town where I live, Kuantan, faces the Pahang River. After three days of
incessant rain, the swollen river burst its
banks and unleashed its fury on the residents. Many of the residents ere caught
off-guard. As the floodwaters rose, many of the residents were forced to flee
Although our area was a flood-prone area, many were caught by surprise as
this was not the monsoon season. Every year, the north-east monsoon would bring
heavy rains to the east coast at the end of each year. However, the sudden
floods in the middle of the year caused jitters among the residents.
Houses were inundated. The heavy downpour
also triggered landslides, causing further damage to houses. The heavy rain
caused traffic woes as many vehicles were stalled. Some motorists were seen
pushing their stalled vehicles while others were stranded.
When the rain did not abate after two consecutive days, people began to be
evacuated to higher ground. Many took shelter in a secondary school nearby which
was turned into a temporary relief center. Most of the residents did not have
time to salvage their belongings. Several residents from nearby villages were
marooned in the area after road links were
cut off by the floodwaters.
Various authorities were deployed to help evacuate and supply food to the
flood victims. Strong winds aggravated the situation as several trees were
uprooted. Roofs of houses were ripped off and went hurtling away n the fierce
After a week of continuous downpour, the rain finally showed signs of
abating. The overcast skies finally cleared. The faint glow of the sun's rays
brought cheer and relief to the people affected by the floods. People started to
return to their homes. After a week of uncertainty and chaos, life returned to