Pregnant woman drives two hours in search of flood relief centre

Pregnant woman drives two hours in search of flood relief centre

KOTA TINGGI: A pregnant woman had to drive two and a half hours to find a relief centre when her house in Taman Kota Jaya, near here, was flooded, last Saturday.

Despite the fatigue and exhaustion, Fazila Hamdan, 29, had to continue driving after four relief centres had reached their full capacity.

“I had to drive the car with my children sleeping in the passenger seats. They got tired after helping me move some of our belongings to another car driven by my husband.

“Two relief centres in Taman Daiman were full, I had to turn back to Taman Kota Jaya. I was informed that the two centres there were also full. I had to contact the Civil Defence Force (APM) and told them I was heavily pregnant…finally we got a place at Kota Tinggi Vocational College,” she told Bernama when met at the relief centre here today.

Fazila, who is six months pregnant, said she and her husband, Shahabuddin Sakiman, 34, together with their children, aged between three and seven, went out to seek refuge at about 1.30 am and entered the relief centre at about 5 am.

The housewife said on the first day of the incident, the water level rose rapidly in Kota Tinggi causing many houses to be affected.

However, Fazila said she was very grateful because pregnant mothers like her were given priority such as being given minor treatment and counselling by nurses at the centre.

She said the centre was also comfortable and the facilities provided were adequate.