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Floods in Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak worsen, more victims evacuated

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 7): More people were being evacuated due to the floods in Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu and Perak, while the situation in Johor and Sabah is reported to be improving with the drop in the number of evacuees.

In Pahang, the number of flood victims seeking shelter at 281 temporary relief centres (PPS) in nine districts in the state rose to 24,257 people this morning.

According to the Social Welfare Department’s (JKM) Info Bencana portal, Temerloh recorded the highest number of evacuees, totalling 5,764 people, followed by Maran (5,275), Kuantan (3,461), Lipis (2,551), Jerantut (2,455), Raub (2,182), Rompin (986), Pekan (859) and Bera (724).

It also reported that the water level for Sungai Pahang in the Bera, Maran, Kuantan, Lipis, Jerantut and Temerloh districts had surpassed the danger level.

Meanwhile, the concessionaire of the East Coast Expressway Phase 1 (LPT1), ANIH Bhd, in a statement, said that KM113 and KM115 were still closed on both directions due to the flood.

It said, KM84 (Persimpangan Lanchang to Persimpangan Karak), LPT1 Kuantan-bound, is also closed to traffic.

In Kelantan, the number of evacuees in five flood-affected districts in the state increased to 4,829 people compared to 2,142 people yesterday evening.

All of them are currently housed at 64 PPS.

According to JKM’s InfoBencana, Jeli still recorded the highest number of victims with 1,688 people, followed by Kuala Krai (1,455), Gua Musang (775 mangsa), Pasir Mas (469) and Tanah Merah (442). 

Meanwhile, infobanjir.water.gov.my, reported that six rivers in the state recorded readings which exceeded the danger level.

The rivers are Sungai Lebir in Tualang, Kuala Krai 36.46 metres (m) (danger level is 35m), Sungai Kelantan in Kuala Krai 28.6m (25m) dan Sungai Kelantan in Kusial, Tanah Merah 18.17m (16m), Sungai Golok in Jenob 23.67m (23.5m), Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang 10.63m (9m) and Sungai Galas in Dabong 40.96m (38m).

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