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Strong winds blow toddler and cradle away

This Hari Raya is a bleak period for one Sabah family. Their house is damaged and they no longer have a roof over their heads.

But mother Nurhaibah Nasib, 22 remains grateful — because she came so close to losing 18-month old daughter Nurhasyikin Jainuddin​.

When the winds blew in Kampung Dunggang, Tuaran, on Friday (July 3) night, they literally carried the child away.

At about midnight, the girl was fast asleep in a makeshift sarong hammock tied to a wooden roof beam in the house .

A sudden gust of wind roared through the house, blowing off the roof and the wooden beams — along with Nurhasyikin in the sarong.

Madam Nurhaibah told The Star newspaper:

“I just felt so helpless when I could not hold on to the sarong.

"In that instant, I thought I had lost my daughter forever.”

She, her 23-year-old husband Jainuddin Hasim, and cousin frantically searched for the toddler. They also called their neighbours for help.

Almost half-hour later, villagers found the crying girl in a muddy paddy field.

Her right thigh bone was fractured and she had bruised arms.

Tuaran district officer Abdul Mohd Ibnu Abdul Kadir Baba said​ the child was rushed to hospital for treatment. Her condition is now stable.

Madam Nurhaibah said:

“She cries a lot because of the pain and I cannot cradle her but at least, she is safe and alive. I thank God for that."

While their house is unlikely to be repaired in time for the Hari Raya celebration, at least "my family is safe".

Sources: Star Online, Borneo Post

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