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Woman forgoes Deepavali celebrations to save senior citizen who was trapped in flood waters

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ALOR SETAR – A caregiver gladly passed on the chance to celebrate Deepavali with her son in Kuala Lumpur as she couldn’t bear to leave an elderly woman to fend for herself while trapped in flood waters.

Speaking to Bernama, P. Devika said she and her husband decided to cancel their travel plans after learning that Supiah Musa, 76, was left alone at her partially submerged home in Taman Tanjung Bendahara.

“I immediately contacted the Civil Defense Force (APM) to relocate Makcik Supiah to my home after water levels began to rise,” she said, adding that Supiah’s home had been flooded for four days straight.

Woman forgoes deepavali celebrations to save senior citizen who was trapped in flood waters
Photo via Bernama.

‘I feel sorry for her’

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According to Devika, Supiah has been living alone since her husband passed away a few years ago and is partially paralysed.

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She added that she was hired to care for Supiah for the past four years and also obtained permission from Supiah’s adoptive son to move her over to her home as she was concerned for the elderly woman’s safety and health.

“I feel sorry for her so I decided not to celebrate Deepavali today. I also helped to bring her to my home and will send her back when the waters recede,” she said.

Woman forgoes deepavali celebrations to save senior citizen who was trapped in flood waters
Photo via Bernama

Kedah APM operations and disaster division officer Muhammad Hilmi Yaacob said they received an urgent request to transport Supiah from her home at about 1 pm.

“We then dispatched a four-wheel drive and a five-personnel ambulance to the scene, where we rescued the woman from the area as water levels had reached 0.5 metres,” he said.

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Cover image via Bernama

Editor: Sarah Yeoh


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