PENIASI Vakili thought it was the end of the world when he woke up early Friday morning to find himself in water.
Coincidentally the night before he dreamt he was swimming in the river.
Before they went to bed, he left the windows and doors open because it was hot and humid.
"While still dreaming about swimming, I felt my body getting a bit wet and I thought it was the feeling of the dream," Mr Vakili said.
"But when I opened my eyes about 5am and looked around, there was water inside my house and it was coming in very fast," he said. "I raised the alarm and everyone in the house thought that it was the end of the world because it was the first time such flooding happened."
Mr Vakili, 56, described the flooding of Nayawa Village and settlements early Friday morning as devastating.
He said villagers and residents of Nayawa settlement left their homes with whatever they could because of the rapidly rising water.
"We are aware of the bad weather that is yet to come, including the tropical cyclone."
Mr Vakili said he was glad that the sudden flooding was not the end of the world. "But considering the bad weather lingering over us and the worse yet to come, it's better that we do not return to our homes as yet," he said.