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Chili Sauce Saves Malaysians During Flooding

Drastic times sometimes call for drastic — and weird — measures.

A group of 15 Malaysians who were stranded on a hotel rooftop after severe flooding in Srinagar, the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, used chili sauce to attract a rescue.

The group wrote the word “Malaysia” on a towel, according to the Straits Timeseventually leading to a rescue by boat.

     The group of Malaysians who are now safely back in the country recalled being stranded in the cold for several hours on Sept. 7 on the roof of the four-story hotel in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, to escape the floods.

     A member of the group, Farisha Elaina Abdul Hanif, 23, said she, her friends and her family friends were in Srinagar for the wedding of an elder sister when they were trapped by the floods.

     Farisha Elaina said their hotel, fronting the Dall Dam, was inundated when the dam burst following continuous downpour.

“We were forced to think of ways to attract attention (of the rescuers), including using chili sauce to write the word ‘Malaysia’ on a towel,” told the Straits Times “… We also hung shirts in the pattern of the Malaysian flag.”

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