Another flood victim in Cameron Highlands dies

CAMERON HIGHLANDS (Oct 23, 2013): Another victim died in a flash flood early this morning after the Bertam River burst its banks when water was released from the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam in Ringlet here.

Cameron Highlands police chief DSP Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said Tan Tuck Choi, 51, suffered a heart attack and died en route to the Sultanah Kalsom Hospital here.

His death brings to three the number of those who perished in the flood. The other two deceased were identified as Bangladeshi national Jahanjir, in his 30s, and an Indonesian woman, Kesmat, 46, who drowned in the incident. Jahanjir's body was found in a house while Kesmat's was located under a collapsed unit.

Mohd Zahari said another victim reported missing and purportedly swept off by strong currents was identified as an Indonesian national, Jarwati, 17. He said local resident Ho Kim Way, 38, who sustained head and body injuries was warded at the hospital.

Meanwhile, Pahang's Zone Three Fire and Rescue Department's Deputy Superintendent Yusmaizi Zulkifli said the normal water level at the dam was 3.498 metres. He said the water was released when its level touched 3.508 metres.

A Bernama survey found the weather to be sunny until this afternoon but a drizzle occurred in the evening.

Cameron Highlands Member of Parliament Datuk Seri G. Palanivel also visited the scene of the incident and announced aid for the victims.

About 80 houses on the fringes of the Bertam River here were swept away by strong currents after the river suddenly overflowed today when water from the dam was released. – Bernama