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Seven states hit by floods, over 3,000 victims evacuated

MetMalaysia has issued a significant weather forecast, with a concentration of winds in the west and central Sarawak, expected to occur from tomorrow until Nov 18.

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Flood victims wait at an evacuation centre in SK Lahar Yooi in Tasek Gelugor. Photo: Bernama
Flood victims wait at an evacuation centre in SK Lahar Yooi in Tasek Gelugor. Photo: Bernama

Seven states, namely Kedah, Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Kelantan and Sabah, were still affected by floods as of noon today, with 16 districts affected, according to the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).

Nadma said that 3,014 flood victims from 932 families had been placed at 29 temporary evacuation centres (PPS), including one at Sekolah Agama Rakyat Padang Serai, Manjung, Perak, opened today with 29 victims from seven families.

"Two PPS, at Masjid Al-Ihsan Kg Changkat Setoi, Kubang Pasu, Kedah, and SK Gual Sitok in the Pasir Mas district, Kelantan, which were opened on Nov 13, were closed today," it said in a statement today.

It said the Department of Drainage and Irrigation had said the water level at six rivers was at the danger level as of 4pm. They are Sungai Marudi, Miri, Sarawak; Sungai Selangor in Rantau Panjang, Kuala Selangor; Sungai Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas, Kelantan; Sungai Padang Terap in Kg Kunu, Padang Terap, Kedah; Sungai Junjung in Simpang Empat, Seberang Perai Selatan, Penang; and Sungai Melaka in Batu Hampar, Melaka Tengah.

According to the statement, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has issued a significant weather forecast, with a concentration of winds in the west and central Sarawak, expected to occur from tomorrow until Nov 18, causing increased humidity in the areas.

"This situation has the potential to produce thunderstorms with heavy rain and strong winds, especially from the afternoon until night," it added.

The Public Works Department (JKR) meanwhile reported that several incidents of floods (five), collapsed bridges (two), collapsed slopes (two) and collapsed roads (one) had occurred at five federal roads and eight state roads up to 10am today.

According to JKR, all 13 incidents were in Kedah (four locations), Kelantan (five), Negeri Sembilan (two) and Perak and Terengganu (one each).

Members of the public are urged to refer to the latest information from official sources through the publicinfobanjir.water.gov.my website, Facebook PubliclnfoBanjir and [email protected] InfoBanjir.