Monday, March 8, 2021

Floods worsen in Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan

Authorities continue to evacuate thousands to relief centres across the states.

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More people were being evacuated today due to the floods in Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan, while the situation in Perak, Selangor and Johor is reported to be improving with a drop in the number of evacuees.

In Pahang, the situation is reported to have worsened with 18,976 people from 5,032 families evacuated to 241 relief centres as at 7.30am today.

According to the Social Welfare Department’s (JKM) information portal, Maran district still recorded the highest number of evacuees at 4,501 people, followed by Temerloh (3,020), Lipis (2,551), Raub (2,402), Jerantut (2,329), Kuantan(2,321), Rompin (1,012), Pekan (430) and Bera (410).

However, the situation in Bentong is back to normal with relief centres in the district closed yesterday.

As of 7am today, measurements at the flood assessment point in the districts of Bera, Kuantan, Lipis, Jerantut, Temerloh and Maran was still above 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 closed on both directions due to the flood.

KM84.6-KM84.7 (between Persimpangan Lanchang and Persimpangan Karak), LPT1 Kuantan-bound, is also closed to traffic although the route from Lanchang heading to Kuala Lumpur has been open since 9am yesterday.

In Terengganu, chief secretariat of the state disaster management committee, Lt Col (PA) Che Adam A Rahman said the number of flood victims had increased to 267 people at 8am today, from 117 people at 3pm yesterday.

Two relief centres were reopened in Dungun to accommodate 156 evacuees, he added.

In Kelantan, Tanah Merah was the second district to be hit by floods with eight relief centres activated to accommodate 125 evacuees from 33 families as of 8am today.

According to JKM’s InfoBencana, Gua Musang was the first district although the situation has improved with all relief centres in the district closed yesterday.

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