Rain Forces More Residents To Be Evacuated In Sarawak

KUALA LUMPUR: The flood situation in Sabah, Johor and Kelantan is improving with more evacuees having returned home, while in Pahang, there is not much change due to the stagnant floodwaters.

However, in Sarawak, continuous heavy rain forced more residents to be evacuated with the number of evacuees increased to 1,473 people at 21 relief centres (PPS) today, from only 385 people yesterday, with the Kuching district recording the most number of victims at 1,179 at 12 PPS.

According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee, in its daily report, Serian recorded 200 evacuees at five PPS, Simunjan 40 people at one PPS, Kota Samarahan 34 people at one PPS and Miri 20 people at two PPS.

Floods hit the southern and northern parts of Sarawak yesterday following continuous rain, aggravated by the high tide phenomenon, but the weather is expected to improve tomorrow.

In Sabah, the number of flood victims dropped to 935 people (from 336 families) this morning, from 1,054 people (412 families) yesterday.

The Sabah Disaster Management Committee Secretariat, in a statement, said the victims were housed at 11 PPS which were opened in six districts, namely Kota Marudu, Pitas, Kudat, Beaufort, Lahad Datu and Paitan.

Meanwhile, 33 roads in the state were affected by the floods with 19 of them in Beaufort, six in Kudat, six in Pitas and two in Kota Marudu.

In Pahang, the Social Welfare Department (JKM) InfoBencana portal reported that 11,422 people from 3,044 families are still at 126 PPS in eight districts this morning.

Pekan recorded the highest number of victims at 3,290 people, followed by Temerloh (3,140), Maran (2,066), Bera (1,610) and Kuantan (841).

The flood situation in Lipis, Jerantut and Raub is improving and the number of evacuees had dropped to 353, 73 and 49 respectively.

In Johor, the number of flood victims had also dropped, with 2,943 people, involving 812 families, at 8am today compared with 2,999 people, involving 830 families, yesterday. The evacuees are at 30 PPS in five districts.

State Health and Environment Committee chairman R Vidyananthan, in a statement, said Kota Tinggi still recorded the highest number of flood victims, with 2,110 people involving 558 families at 22 PPS, followed by Johor Bahru (624 people, 205 families at five PPS), Kluang (121 people, 27 families at one PPS), Segamat (76 people, 20 families at one PPS) and Batu Pahat (12 people, two families at one PPS).

In Kelantan, floodwaters have receded, but there are still 32 flood evacuees in the Pasir Mas district at 8am today, from 58 people yesterday.

Based on the JKM InfoBencana application, all the flood victims, including a baby boy, are being accommodated at Sekolah Kebangsaan Tok Deh.

According to the portal infobanjir.water.gov.my, Sungai Golok in Kuala Jambu still recorded a reading above the danger level of 2.52m (danger level is 2.50m).