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Improved weather brings little change to flood-hit states

The number of evacuees in Selangor has risen although some roads have reopened.

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Despite the improvement in weather, the flood situation in most states affected by the deluge since Saturday remains unchanged.

In Selangor, the state contingent police headquarters said the number of roads closed due to the floods had declined from 73 yesterday to 45 as of 4am today.

These comprise 26 roads in areas under the jurisdiction of the Kuala Langat district police headquarters (IPD), as well as the Subang Jaya IPD (11); Sepang IPD (four); KLIA IPD (two) and one each for the Klang Utara IPD and Hulu Selangor IPD.

According to the Social Welfare Department’s (JKM) InfoBencana portal, as of 7.50am the number of flood victims in Selangor had risen to 24,647 people from 6,935 families, from 24,533 people from 6,907 families last night, housed at 134 relief centres (PPS).

In Terengganu, the number of flood victims stood at 63 people from 13 families as of this morning.

The state disaster management committee secretariat, in a statement, said the flood evacuees were placed at three PPS in Kemaman while the weather in most places in Terengganu is forecast to be clear throughout the day.

It said the victims would be allowed to return to their homes once the flood waters recede completely.

In Pahang, the state disaster management committee secretariat reported that 37,793 flood evacuees were currently taking shelter at 280 PPS in nine districts.

Kuantan recorded the highest number of flood victims with 21,489 people followed by Temerloh (6,972) and Lipis (2,084) while other districts also affected included Bentong, Raub, Jerantut, Bera, Maran and Pekan.

The portal reported that several major rivers in Pahang were still above the danger level including Sungai Pahang, with some locations recording an upward trend namely at the Water Front in Bera, Kampung Chenor in Maran, Lubuk Pasu in Temerloh, and Kuala Sungai Chini in Pekan.

The concessionaire of the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway and the East Coast Expressway Phase 1 (LPT1), Anih Bhd, said the routes closed due to floods since Sunday were still closed, especially at KM76 to KM126 Lanchang-Temerloh at LPT1 and KM71 KL-Karak in both directions.

Among the main roads affected are Jalan Sungai Lembing in Kuantan, Jalan Kuala Lipis-Jerantut, Jalan Jerantut-Maran, Jalan Bentong-Gua Musang, Jalan Pulau Tawar-Durian Hijau and Jalan Karak-Simpang Pelangai.

In Melaka, the number of flood evacuees had increased to 465 victims from 111 families this morning, compared to 404 victims from 96 families as of 8pm yesterday.

Melaka Civil Defence Force (APM) director Cuthbert John Martin said in Alor Gajah, a total of 206 people from 53 families had been evacuated to the PPS, while in Melaka Tengah 191 people from 44 families had been moved.

“In Jasin, there are 68 victims from 14 families. A total of nine PPS are still operating to house all flood victims in the state,” he said.

In Kelantan, only one major river was reported to be at the danger level, namely Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas which recorded a reading of 9.96m as of 7am, following the good weather yesterday.

According to JKM’s InfoBencana application, a total of 3,467 people from 1,034 families were taking shelter this morning at 32 PPS in four districts: Kuala Krai, Pasir Mas, Gua Musang and Tanah Merah.

In Perak, a total of 319 victims from two districts were being housed at three PPS as of 8am.

A spokesman for the state APM and state disaster management committee secretariat said the victims in Hilir Perak had been placed at PPS in Dewan Bandaran Teluk Intan (136 people), Dewan Sekolah Menengah Abdul Rahman Talib (148) and SK Kuala Slim in Muallim (35).

He said the flood waters in Kampung Kuala Slim, Muallim, had started to recede following the good weather this morning while the houses of flood victims in Hilir Perak were still inundated.

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