Sarawak latest state hit by flood; number of evacuees drops in three states

TheEdge Wed, Jan 13, 2021 02:23pm - 1 month ago

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 13): Sarawak is the latest state to be hit by the floods in the country, while the situation in Kelantan, Pahang and Sabah is improving with the drop in the number of evacuees, while in Johor, there is a slight increase in the number of victims.

Check at the today, found the water at Sungai Golok, Kuala Jambu in Kelantan and Sungai Pahang in Lubuk Paku, Maran and Serambi in Pekan, as well as Sungai Jelai, Lipis, still above the danger level.

Apart from that, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has issued a bad and alert weather warning with heavy rain for several areas in Sarawak until tomorrow (Jan 14), while in Sabah, heavy rain is forecast today.

In Kelantan, the number of flood victims at the relief centres (PPS) has dropped to 84 people at 8am today, from 275 people yesterday.

According to the Social Welfare Department’s Info Bencana application, all the flood victims are in the Pasir Mas district with 58 of them at the PPS at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tok Deh and 26 others at SK Bakong.

In Pahang, there are still 16,292 evacuees, involving 4,483 families, at 147 PPS in eight districts.

The Temerloh district recorded the highest number of victims, totalling 7,989 people, followed by Pekan (3,172), Maran (2,059), Bera (1,636), Kuantan (749), Lipis (460), Jerantut (154) and Raub (73). 

In Sabah, the number of evacuees has also dropped, with 951 today, from 1,765 people yesterday.

So far, four districts, comprising Kota Marudu, Pitas, Tongod and Beaufort, involving a total of 84 villages, are hit by floods.

However, no one has been evacuated in Tongod.

According to the Sabah Disaster Management Committee Secretariat, all the victims are at eight PPS in  Kota Marudu, Pitas and Beaufort.

A total of 782 evacuees in Kota Marudu have been accommodated at Dewan Kampung Asin-Asin, SK Taritipan, SK Advent Damai and  Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tandek, while in Pintas, 41 of them are at SK Salimpodon, Dewan Kampung Kusilad (42) and  SK Pekan II (62).

In Beaufort, 24 flood victims are at  Dewan Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Dun Banir.

In Johor, the number of evacuees increased slightly to 3,314 people at 8am today, from 3,274 people at 7.30pm yesterday.

State Health and Environment Committee chairman R Vidyananthan said the evacuees in Johor Baru, Pontian, Kota Tinggi, Kluang and Segamat  are accommodated at 33 PPS, with Kota Tinggi as the worst affected district with 2,202 victims at  22 PPS, followed byJohor Baru (922 people),  Kluang (97 people), Segamat (76) and Pontian (17).

In Sarawak, 53 people, comprising 32 in Kuching and 21 in Serian, were evacuated when heavy rain flooded their homes yesterday.

According to the State Disaster Management Committee, the PPS at Balai Raya Taman Desa Wira was opened at 2.30am today to accommodate the victims from the housing area.

“The PPS at Dewan Kampung Betong Kenawit in Serian was opened at 10.30pm yesterday after heavy rain cause water from Sungai Betong Kenawit to overflow its banks and caused flooding of the low-lying areas,” said the chief secretariat of the State Disaster Management Committee, Major (PA) Ismail Mahedin.

The operations centre of the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department said that the floods in the state has affected 12 areas.

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