KUALA LUMPUR: The floods in the east cost have claimed one more life, bringing the death toll to two thus far.
In the latest incident, a 15-year old boy drowned after he fell overboard of a sampan near his home in Bukit Mentok, Kemaman at 2pm Wednesday.
Kemaman police chief Che Suza Che Hitam said apparently the boat got stuck in some undergrowth and when the boy tried to free it, slipped and fell overboard and was swept away by strong currents.
He said a friend of the boy who was also on the boat had also gone missing and was feared to have drowned as well.
“The family only realised he was missing after he did not return home after about two hours.
“Finding the sampan empty, they mounted a search and found his body floating in the flood waters a short distance away at around 4.30pm,” he said.
The latest round of floods in the east coast claimed the first casualty Tuesday when a woman drowned after she slipped and fell into the Lanjut river near the Permaisuri Bridge. – Bernama