Pahang and Terengganu flood worsens while slight improvement in Johor

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KUALA LUMPUR: The flood situation in Pahang and Terengganu worsened last night, with the number of evacuees in relief centres increasing, while Johor saw a slight drop in the number of victims.

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In Pahang, the number of evacuees rose to 3,979 from 1,223 families, compared with 3,273 from 902 families earlier in the evening.

According to the Social Welfare Department disaster information website, nine districts in the state were affected and 91 relief shelters were in operation as at 8pm.

It said Kuantan recorded the highest number of evacuees with 1,097, followed by Jerantut (634), Raub (597), Maran (594), Rompin (420), Temerloh (306), Lipis (183), Bentong (95) and Pekan (53).

In Terengganu, the number of people affected in Dungun and Kemaman districts increased to 222 from 68 families, compared with 138 from 40 families in the evening.

The head of the state disaster management committee secretariat, Che Adam A Rahman, said 176 evacuees had sought shelter at two relief centres at the Kampung Pasir Raja community hall and Kampung Shukor multipurpose hall in Dungun.

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In Kemaman, 46 victims from 11 families sought shelter at at the Teladas community hall.

In Johor, the number of evacuees dropped slightly to 6,391 from 1,641 families. Three relief shelters have closed in Johor Bahru.

Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R Vidyananthan said eight districts were affected by the floods as of 8pm, and 60 relief shelters were still operating, with 19 in Kluang, 17 in Kota Tinggi, 10 in Johor Bahru, five in Kulai, four in Mersing, two each in Pontian and Batu Pahat and one in Segamat.

Kluang recorded the highest number of evacuees with 2,533, followed by Kota Tinggi (1,470), Johor Bahru (1,432), Kulai (581), Mersing (311), Batu Pahat (36), Pontian (23) and Segamat (five).

He said four roads in Kota Tinggi – Jalan Sungai Sayong at Jambatan Sungai Sayong, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang, Jambatan Jalan Semangar and Jalan Mawai Lama – and Jalan Haji Suhud Taman Muhibbah in Johor Bahru were still closed.

In Kluang, Jalan Batu Pahat-Mersing at Ladang Pak Loh and Jalan Batu Pahat-Kluang near the Kahang Secondary School were closed to light vehicles. – FMT

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