Housewife, relatives ‘trapped’ by fallen electric pole


KOTA KINABALU: While some individuals are again at their hometowns celebrating Hari Raya Haji on Sunday (July 10), Dayang Fazlena Ayusai and her relatives are as an alternative trapped after thunderstorms that occurred a day earlier.

The 37-year-old housewife and a few 12 members of the family are caught at her mom’s home in Kampung Tebongon, Putatan the fallen electric pole – which toppled because of a fallen tree – in a flooded space in entrance of the home has but to be eliminated.

The police, Fire and Rescue Department and Civil Defence Force had been on the scene Saturday evening (July 9) however informed the household they had been unable to take away the tree and particles because the pole was submerged in floodwaters.

“The house which was damaged by a fallen tree was my aunt’s house in front of my mother’s.

“The authorities said ours is the fifth request for tree removal, but that is not the main problem.

“The issue is we can’t go out of the house or drive anywhere because the surrounding area, which includes our relatives’ houses, is still flooded and the cable is in the water, so we fear electrocution,” she informed The Star.

They additionally needed to fend off a 3.65m (12ft) snake that was swimming within the water round midday on Sunday.

“So all plans for Hari Raya Haji are off, because we are no longer in the mood.

“I was supposed to go to an Aidiladha event this morning and my mother was also planning to cook, but all the activities have to be cancelled.

“Right now I am just about to give up, because calls to the SESB (Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd) hotline are not being entertained.

“We could have done the clean-up work ourselves, but we need help with the fallen pole and cable,” she mentioned.

As at 2pm, the water degree on the surrounding homes was between knee and thigh degree, mentioned Dayang Fazlena.

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