Kg. Tebongon has undergone not one, but four floods since the start of the year 2020.
According to some of the villagers, they have been flood free for over a decade but the year 2020 has brought them one flood after another.
“I have given up on painting my house,” said Rio, a fisherman by profession and a permanent resident at Kg. Tebongon.
In his living room, we see furniture stacked on one another, and there was a pungent smell left by the flood enveloping the room.
“I already threw out many of my children’s clothes and with them, the children’s wardrobe cabinet,” he said.
He added that he couldn’t salvage many of the furnishings at the house, and that even the wooden furniture are showing signs of fatigue after being underwater for several hours.
Rio is one of the 139 homeowners affected by the flooding at Kg. Tebongon.
He shared his story to reporters who were accompanying Datuk Arsit Sedi, the Petagas Bersatu candidate.
Ran Hassan, 49, who also lived at the same village said that all his home furnishings are now useless.
“We were not able to salvage any of them. Our washing machine is now broken. Our carpets damaged. Everything,” he said.
The flooding has only become an often occurrence this year, he said and lamented the lack of help from the government.
“No one has come to visit us at all.”
Arsit, who visited several houses at the village provided them with a hint of hope.
“Vote for me, and I will help to address the flood issue. We’ll build an alternative drain so that the water flow during rainfall can be channeled efficiently to the sea,” he said.