More evacuated in Sarawak, Pahang’s ‘banjir termenung’ still a problem

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KUALA LUMPUR: Floods in the states of Sabah, Johor and Kelantan are improving with more evacuees going home, while stagnant floodwaters or “banjir termenung” in Pahang continue to hinder plans for victims to return home.

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In SARAWAK, continuous heavy rain has forced more residents to be evacuated with the number of evacuees increasing to 1,473 at 21 relief centres (PPS) today, from only 385 people yesterday, with Kuching recording the most number of victims at 1,179 now being sheltered at 12 PPS.

According to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee, 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 since Wednesday following continuous rain and high tide phenomenon, but the weather is expected to improve from 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 in Beaufort, Kudat (six), Pitas (six) and two in Kota Marudu.

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In PAHANG, the Social Welfare Department (JKM) InfoBencana portal reported that a total of 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 people), Maran (2,066 people), Bera (1,610 people) and Kuantan (841 people).

Floods in Lipis, Jerantut and Raub are improving, with the number of evacuees dropping to 353, 73 and 49 in the three districts respectively.

In JOHOR, the number of flood victims has also dropped, with 2,943 people from 812 families (as of 8am today) compared to 2,999 people from 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 from 558 families at 22 PPS, followed by Johor Bahru (624 people or 205 families at five PPS), Kluang (121 people or 27 families at one PPS), Segamat (76 people or 20 families at one PPS) and Batu Pahat (12 people or two families at one PPS).

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

According to the Social Welfare Department’s (JKM) InfoBencana, all flood victims, including a baby boy, are being accommodated at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tok Deh.

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

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