Flood victims increase as rainy season persists

Heavy rains on the West Coast so far have forced more than 1,000 people from 5 states to seek shelter at relief centres provided by the govt

by DASHVEENJIT KAUR/ pic by BERNAMA

THE transition phase of the ongoing monsoon, which has led to increased rainfall, is expected to cause more people to be evacuated to relief centres nationwide.

Heavy rains on the country’s West Coast so far have forced more than 1,000 people from five states to seek shelter at relief centres provided by the government.

The number of flood victims nationwide increased to 1,974 from 559 families as of 12pm on Sunday compared to 1,676 from 466 families as of 8am.

According to a report by the National Disaster Management Agency, in Kuala Selangor, Selangor, 784 victims from 245 families were evacuated to four temporary evacuation centres in the area.

The centres provided included community and school halls, and also the halls of large mosques.

In Johor, eight centres were opened in five districts — Batu Pahat, Johor Baru, Kulaijaya, Kluang and Pontian — involving 595 victims from 142 families.

State Government, Urban Welfare and Environment Committee chairman Tan Chen Choon said Kulai and Kluang districts were the latest districts to be affected by flood.

In Perak, 368 people from 84 families were housed at three centres in Hilir Perak, one in Kerian and one in Batang Padang.

In Seberang Perai, Penang, the number of flood victims remained at 140 out of 34 families housed in five relief centres.

Although the weather was clear as of yesterday morning, the Department of Meteorology Malaysia (MET Malaysia) said more rain can be expected in some parts of Penang.

In Kedah, a new relief centre was opened in Kulim, housing 21 victims from five families, while another centre was opened in Pendang yesterday, sheltering 40 people from 15 families.

For Perak, Batang Padang became the latest district to be hit by floods, resulting in 53 people from 12 families being evacuated to a temporary relocation centre at the Dewan Kampung Haji Tahir, Tapah.

The victims were from Kampung Pasir and Kampung Batu Masjid which were flooded following heavy rainfall which caused Sungai Chenderiang to overflow.

In addition, two relief centres were opened in Hilir Perak, namely Teluk Intan Municipal Council Hall in Langkap, which housed 82 people, while another 16 were sheltered at SK Datuk Yahya Suban, Teluk Intan on Sunday morning.

According to a State Disaster Management Committee Secretariat, the number of flood victims in Hilir Perak rose to 176 compared to 72 victims on Sunday with 78 people in SK Changkat Jong.

According to the weather forecast by MET Malaysia, the country is experiencing the transition period of the monsoon until early next month.

Frequent thunderstorms within a short period, especially in the evenings, are expected in the West Coast of the peninsula during the period and the same weather forecast applies to Sarawak and Sabah.