Hoarder from cockroach-infested Eunos Crescent flat getting treatment at IMH

SINGAPORE - Madam Soh Siew Zhen, 66, a hoarder who was living in a cockroach-infested flat in Eunos Crescent with her husband, has been seeing a psychiatrist for a mental disorder, evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported on Tuesday.

The paper added that her husband, Mr Lim Chin Ting, 74, said that his wife has been at the Institute of Mental Health for two weeks, and that she is being taken care of by their daughter.

The couple have not been on speaking terms for 20 years.

Madam Soh had filled the rooms with old newspapers, clothes, boxes and other items which became a breeding ground for cockroaches.

Their home has been cleared by a team of people from from grassroots organisations, the Housing Board, and the National Environment Agency.

While Mr Lim said he still encounters unpleasant smells from time to time, he is living in a house with clear rooms and kitchen after a long time.

The couple have lived in the flat since 1977.

Their plight came to light when a neighbour Ms Nur'Ashikin posted a video on Facebook on April 27 of cockroaches swarming the corridor.

 

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Inconsiderate neighbour at blk 19 eunos crescent #06-2937.. Look at what my family have to put up with!!!! Bloody cockcroaches!!!

Posted by Nur'Ashikin Fazlan Zainol on Monday, 27 April 2015

The cockroaches came out of the flat after the unit was inspected because of a dengue cluster in the neighbourhood, and insecticide was sprayed to kill adult mosquitoes.

The video has been viewed more than almost 330,000 times since.

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