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Published: Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 6:51:15 AM

More escape floods in T'ganu

Bubble relief: A Kampung Cendering resident amusing children by blowing soap bubbles while washing clothes at a burst water pipe in Kuantan. — Bernama

Bubble relief: A Kampung Cendering resident amusing children by blowing soap bubbles while washing clothes at a burst water pipe in Kuantan. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Terengganu saw a further increase in the number of flood evacuees just as the situation in Pahang, Kelantan and Johor started to ease.

The National Security Council said on its portal that the increase in evacuees in Terengganu came mainly from those affected in Kemaman district, which was already paralysed by rising water before a second wave of flooding began on Saturday. As at 4pm yesterday, the number of evacuees had risen from 18,576 to 19,287 taking shelter in 46 relief centres.

However, there was slight relief in the state as several evacuation centres in Dungun, Marang, Kuala Terengganu and Hulu Terengganu were closed as more people were allowed to return home.

Major rivers were also reported to have fallen back below the danger level.

In KUANTAN, several motorways, except for the KM16 stretch along Jalan Temerloh-Bera in Pahang, were finally re-opened to traffic after floods receded over the past week.

The number of evacuees had also dropped to 40,399 people with those fleeing the waters in the state capital recording the biggest group.

Areas still affected by floods were Pekan, Temerloh, Maran, Jerantut, Raub, Bera, Lipis and Rompin.

Meanwhile, in JOHOR BARU, 1,024 evacuees remained sheltered at 13 relief centres in Pontian, Segamat and Batu Pahat.

In KOTA BARU, fair weather over the past few days had allowed hundreds of evacuees to return to their homes, except for 512 people who were remaining in relief centres in Pasir Mas and Tumpat.

As at 8pm, only Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang is some 26cm above the danger level of 9m. — Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Environment, flood, evacuees

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