Collapsed house victims get help

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

TWO families of the collapsed houses in Kampong Burong Pingai Ayer received financial aid from Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah yesterday.

Managing Director Hj Brahim Hj Ismail presented the $5,000 donations to each of the families in a ceremony at Yayasan’s headquarters in Jalan Kumbang Pasang.

The victims also received $100 worth of coupons each to help ease their burden in getting school supplies for their children.

Hj Tuah Hj Duraman, 82, said he has been staying at the house for 40 years and was asleep when the house collapsed.

“There were no telltale signs that the house was going to collapse. It happened so quickly and I was lucky to be alive,” he said. The senior citizen was saved by uniformed personnel on a boat.

One of the residents in the house, Pg Julaihi Ph Hj Omar, was reported as saying that he heard things falling off the roof and shouted for others to evacuate.

He managed to get out first, but returned to save his wife and children who were trapped in a locked room.

Hj Tuah said he is staying with relatives in Tanah Jambu, adding that he has no plans to rebuild the house there. “I would prefer to find other accommodation on land.”

Unlike Hj Tuah’s house which collapsed suddenly, there were signs the wooden and cement stilts holding up the decades-old house where Fauziah Abas’s family stayed had become unstable.

“We were lucky that we were not at home when the house collapsed. We were staying at my mother-in-law’s house in Bengkurong,” she said.

The 24-year-old said they noticed the stilts were already ustable and they had added five new pillars to support the structure, but to no avail.

The Brunei Times