Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Flood victims in Sarawak increase 3-fold

But the flood situation is improving in Pahang and Johor.

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In Sarawak, the number of flood victims increased three-fold today to 4,222 evacuees at 49 relief centres (PPS) as rising water levels continue for the third day in six districts.

According to a report by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (JPBN), as af 8am today 2,159 victims were at 19 PPS in Kuching, followed by Serian with 1,014 evacuees at 10 PPS, Bau (706 people at 11 PPS), Samarahan city (211 people at five PPS), Simunjan (103 people at two PPS) and Miri (29 people at two PPS).

However the situation has improved in Raub, Pahang, where district police chief Supt Kama Azural Mohamed said the last three PPS were closed yesterday and all 69 remaining victims sent home.

The Social Welfare Department (JKM) InfoBencana portal reported that the number of flood victims in Pahang this morning stood at 7,992 people with 102 PPS still operating in seven districts.

Pekan recorded the highest number of victims at 3,317 people, followed by Maran (1,903), Kuantan (878), Temerloh (792), Bera (715), Lipis (353) and Jerantut (34).

In Johor, good weather saw the number of evacuees drop to 784 from 245 families as of 8am today, compared to 892 from 276 families yesterday.

According to the state health and environment committee chairman R Vidyananthan, the flood victims are being accommodated at 10 PPS in five districts.

Kota Tinggi still records the highest number of flood victims at 525 people involving 140 families at five PPS, followed by Johor Bahru (116 people, 71 families in two PPS), Kluang (50 people, 11 families in one PPS), Segamat (76 people, 20 families in one PPS) and Batu Pahat (17 people, three families in one PPS).

In Sabah, the number of flood victims increased slightly to 761 people from 198 families at 8am today, compared to 712 people from 173 families yesterday afternoon.

The Sabah disaster management committee secretariat, in a statement, said the flood victims are being housed at 11 relief centres in five districts: Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beaufort, Lahad Datu and Paitan.

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