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Evacuations increase amid Pahang floods

The number of flood victims in five other states including Selangor showed a drop last night.

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The number of flood victims at relief centres (PPS) in Pahang continued to rise while five other states including Selangor showed a drop last night.

In Pahang, the Disaster Info application of the Social Welfare Department (JKM) recorded a total of 42,272 flood victims placed at 280 PPS, compared to 41,455 people at 278 PPS this afternoon.

The districts in the state hit by the floods also remained at nine, namely Bentong, Raub, Lipis, Jerantut, Temerloh, Bera, Maran, Kuantan and Pekan.

Meanwhile, routes on Pahang’s two main flooded highways, Bentong to Karak for the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway and Lanchang to Temerloh on the East Coast Highway 1 (LPT1), are still impassable for vehicles in both directions, according to a post on Facebook.

In Selangor, based on the JKM Disaster Info application, the number of victims dropped by 2,872 to 23,375 people, compared to 26,247 people in the afternoon.

The number of PPS operating also decreased to 128 compared to 134 at 4.30pm.

In Melaka, state director of the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) Cuthbert John Martin said the number of flood victims continued to drop to 165 victims from 41 families as of 8pm.

“In the Alor Gajah district, 97 people from 27 families are still housed at two PPS, at SK Belimbing Dalam and SMK Lubok China, while 68 people from 14 families are housed at PPS SK Parit Penghulu in the Jasin district,” he said in a statement.

In Kelantan, Zainuddin Hussin of the state APM disaster management and operations secretariat said the number of flood victims dropped as of 9pm to 2,617 people from 815 families compared to 2,658 people from 833 families in the afternoon.

He said 15 PPS are still open in two districts – 10 in Pasir Mas and five in Kuala Krai.

In Negeri Sembilan, state APM director Mohd Syukri Madnor said the flood victims in the state numbered 328 people from 90 families in five PPS in the Seremban and Jelebu districts as of 8pm, compared to 358 victims from 93 families in the afternoon.

In Perak, 266 flood victims were still housed at two PPS in Hilir Perak district, said a spokesman for the APM and the Perak disaster management committee secretariat.

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