East Coast floods deteriorate, more victims evacuated


THE flood situation on the east coast has deteriorated following heavy rain forcing more victims to be evacuated to temporary relief centres in the affected states.

In Kelantan, 2,142 evacuees from 567 families were moved to the relief centres as of yesterday afternoon, compared to 125 in the morning. The Welfare Department Disaster Info application reported that the Jeli district has the highest number of evacuees at 1,060 (296 families) housed at 10 relief centres.

In Kuala Krai, 18 relief centres are operational to shelter 643 victims from 144 families; 11 in Tanah Merah (352 victims); four in Gua Musang (54 victims) and two in Pasir Mas (33 victims).

In Terengganu, the number of evacuees rose to 910 as at 3pm yesterday.

Hulu Terengganu was the latest district struck by floods resulting in the opening of one relief centre to house 30 victims, while in Kemaman, victims continue to rise to 657 people in seven relief centres and in Dungun 223 evacuees are taking shelter in two relief centres.

In Pahang, the number of evacuees from nine districts rose to 21,779.

Maran recorded the highest number of victims (5,431), followed by Temerloh (3,647), Kuantan (3,456), Lipis (2,551), Jerantut (2,393), Raub (2,338), Rompin (1,012), Pekan (499) and Bera (452).

It was also reported that the water level for Sungai Pahang in the Bera, Maran, Kuantan, Lipis, Jerantut and Temerloh districts had surpassed the danger level.

However, in Perak, the number of flood victims in three districts dropped to 493 people from 520 people as at 2pm yesterday.

Hilir Perak has the highest number of evacuees at 464 housed at four relief centres, while Muallim has four and Kampar 25.

The relief centre at Gopeng Town Hall in Kampar was closed at 9.30am after the floods at Kampung Singh abated.

The flood situation in Selangor has fully recovered following the closure of two relief centres namely SK Rantau Panjang in Kuala Selangor and Kampung Alah Batu community hall in Hulu Bernam.

In Johor, eight relief centres were simultaneously closed due to fine weather, bringing the number of relief centres down to 26 in six affected districts.

This latest development saw the number of evacuees dropping to 3,182 as of 4pm compared to 3,566 victims yesterday morning.

Kota Tinggi still has the highest number of victims totalling 1,793.