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They survived on mouldy bread

The floods have finally receded in Tumpat, Kelantan, allowing victims, cut off from communication and supplies, to step out from their shelters in search of food.

Mr Mohd Zainudin Ismail, 34, said he and his family of five rationed food to a point where they were eating mouldy bread, Malay Mail Online reported.

He said: "Whatever we could eat, we ate. We kept bread until it was mouldy and still tasted good.

"We were stuck here from Tuesday and it wasn't until the following Monday that we saw the water levels go down."

He said more than 1,200 people resorted to seeking shelter at a nearby school, which was not a designated evacuation centre.

Mr Zainuddin said: "We had nowhere else to run, we had to go there anyway. It was not a designated centre, so we didn't receive any aid in food or kind.

"Everyone just shared what we had among ourselves, rationing without knowing how long we would be here."

After the water receded, he was put in charge of going out and getting food.

Meanwhile, The Star Online reported that four aircraft loaded with essential items were flown in yesterday to help the flood victims.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the planes, comprising two King Air Bea Craft 350 and two Cesla Caravan 208, left the Redland Aviation Services hangar in Subang for Kota Baru.

"Each of the planes is carrying 2,700kg of food and essential items," he told reporters.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai was mobbed by more than 100 villagers when he arrived in Kerdau, Pahang, in a train carrying much needed supplies.

Numbering about 600, the villagers have been without electricity and clean water for days and were running out of food when Mr Liow, who is also the Malaysian Chinese Association president, made the supply run.

On the return journey to Mentakab, also in Pahang, the train took on board several people, who were desperate to leave the area.

"I am afraid that if I stay I will die," said retiree Lim Kiuk, 81, after he climbed into the carriage.