Kedah reports increase in flood victims, situation in Melaka, Perlis improving


KUALA LUMPUR – The flood situation in Melaka and Perlis is improving with more evacuees having returned to their home.

In MELAKA, the number of flood victims in Alor Gajah has dropped to 95 people from 26 families at 8 am today from 149 victims (38 families) at 4pm yesterday.

Melaka Civil Defence Force (APM) director Lt Col (PA) Cuthbert John Martin Quadra said the flood evacuees were accommodated at three relief centres (PPS), namely Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Durian Tunggal (26 people from 10 families), Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Sin Wah (49 victims from 12 families) and Dewan Jawatankuasa Pembangunan dan Penyelaras Dewan Undangan Negeri (Japerun) Durian Tunggal 20 people from four families).

The evacuees are from six areas affected by the floods in the  Durian Tunggal district, namely Kampung Padang Keladi, Bukit Balai, Kampung Bukit Tambun, Pekan Durian Tunggal, Taman Murai Jaya and Kampung Padang Kerbau, he said in a statement today.

In PERLIS, State Social Welfare Department director Mohammad Hazam Ismai said only one PPS was still opened in Arau as at 8am today, which is at SK Arau, to accommodate 12 families of 42 people.

The PPS at SK Arau was among two that were opened yesterday. The other, at Masjid Kampung Banggol Sena, had been closed after all the evacuees returned home.

However, the number of flood evacuees in Kedah increased to 754 people today, from 665 victims yesterday.

According to the Kedah APM head  Mohd Muaz Mohd Yusoff, as at 8 am today, the evacuees, who are from 205 families, were at 13 PPS in five districts.

He said another PPS, at SK Malau in the Kubang Pasu district, was opened at 11 pm yesterday to accommodate 26 victims, involving four families.

“A total of 141 victims, involving 36 families, were evacuated in Kubang Pasu to three PPS in the district, while Baling recorded 15 victims from five families at two PPS.

“In the Kota Setar district, 272 victims from 79 families were evacuated to four PPS, while 10 families comprising 10 people were evacuated to two PPS in Pokok Sena, and in Pendang district, 292 victims from 72 families were evacuated to two PPS,” he said in a statement.

In JOHOR, Kampung Paya Embun, in Pontian district, was hit by flash floods yesterday following a two-hour downpour.

State Health and Environment Committee chairman  R. Vidyananthan said a PPS was opened at SK Melayu Raya at 9 pm yesterday to accommodate 18 people from four families.