Family of 8 displaced due to collapsed house

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A FAMILY of eight in Kg Setia B escaped without injuries after evacuating from their home hours before it collapsed.

On the afternoon of August 24, Sahari Salleh and his family took shelter at a relative’s house after a section of their house collapsed. Later on that same day, their whole house fell leaving the family homeless.

When _The Brunei Times _visited the family’s home in Kg Ayer yesterday, debris of the collapsed stilt house and furniture was seen scattered.

During the incident, Sahari’s daughter was using the washroom while the rest of his family were sitting outside of their home.

“It was just like any other day, we were chatting with our neighbours outside. My daughter went in to use the washroom and just seconds before it collapsed, she ran out. Lucky for her she managed to get out just in time,” said the 71-year old.

“My gut instinct told me to move out quickly and not to wait around... You know something bad is going to happen,” said Sahari.

Sahari’s wife, Asiah Bujang, said they were left in a state of shock.

“It just happened so fast, that we didn’t know what was happening. We didn’t want to take the risk so we called our village head right away. We saved what we could and fled to my cousin’s house,” said Asiah.

Asiah said they were only able to take with them several important documents and valuables including a television set and a refrigerator. According to Asiah, the family has been residing in Kg Ayer since 2002. The unfortunate event that took place on Wednesday afternoon has forced the family to move in with their relatives, located beside their former residence.

“We have no other place to go. Alhamdulillah for our kind neighbours and relatives that they have decided to let my family stay with them for the time being,” she said.

Sahari said they have alerted relevant agencies through the village head and Fire and Rescue department.

The father of six said he hopes relevant authorities can allocate a house in Kg Setia B for his family.

“I think at this point nothing can fix our house so I just hope relevant authorities can help us move into another house nearby, a house that is more stable that can cater to my family of eight,” he said.

The Brunei Times