23-Year-Old Woman Dies In Her Myvi After Floodwaters Sweep Her Car Away In Johor

She was the fifth casualty in the Johor floods.

Cover image via Negeri Sembilan Kini (Facebook) via theSundaily & Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia Johor (JBPM) via Bernama

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A woman was found dead inside her Perodua Myvi after floodwaters swept her vehicle away in Mersing, Johor, yesterday, 6 March

According to Bernama, the 23-year-old was believed to be travelling from Mersing to Kluang before losing control of her Myvi on Jalan Nitar Utama.

Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Abdul Muiz Mukhtar said the authorities received a distress call about the incident at 6.49pm, and 11 members from the Mersing and Endau Fire and Rescue Stations were immediately deployed to the scene.

"The operation was assisted by a Fire rescue tender, an Emergency Medical Rescue Service unit, two four-wheel-drive (vehicles), and a boat," Malay Mail quoted Abdul Muiz as saying.

However, when the team arrived, they could not find the vehicle. They then proceeded to conduct a search in the Felda Nitar 1 and Felda Nitar 2 areas.

Firefighters searching for the woman after the car she was travelling in was swept away by floodwaters on Jalan Nitar Utama, Mersing.

Image via Fire and Rescue Department via New Straits Times

The search operation ran from 11am until 6.55pm, and they found an overturned car 15m away from the spot where it was washed away

According to Bernama, rescuers took 40 minutes to pull out the grey car using a "vehicle rockery system" as trees blocked their way.

The woman's body was found inside the car at 10.19pm. It was sent to Mersing Hospital for a post-mortem and identification by family members.

The 23-year-old was the fifth casualty in the Johor floods

Earlier, a man was also found dead after his car was swept away by floodwaters in Paloh, Kluang.

An elderly man and woman in their 70s, who were neighbours, were also found dead in their respective homes in Chaah, Segamat.

The fourth victim was a 69-year-old woman who was found drowned after she was believed to have slipped and fallen into a drain in Batu Anam, Segamat.

As of 8pm last night, 6 March, Berita Harian reported that the floods have affected 49,410 people in Johor.

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