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Published: Monday November 1, 2010 MYT 1:36:00 PM
Updated: Monday November 1, 2010 MYT 8:49:20 PM

Floods: More than 3,000 evacuated in Kedah and Perlis

Continuous rain causes havoc in northern states

ALOR SETAR: More than 3,000 people from some 50 villages in Kedah and Perlis have been evacuated to relief centres as non-stop rain caused havoc in the two states.

The bad weather from Sunday also forced the closure of several roads, including KM10.2 of North-South Expressway in Changlun, causing massive traffic jams on either side of the expressway on Monday.

The stretch was closed since 1pm after it was submerged under two-metre-deep floodwaters.

Signboards were put up to tell motorists plying between Bukit Kayu Hitam and Changlun to use the Changlun-Kuala Perlis highway.

In Kedah, more than 2,000 people from more than 35 villages in two districts in Kedah to been moved to relief centres.

In Perlis, 1,218 people from 17 villages were evacuated to 10 relief centres in the state.

A spokesman of Perlis Welfare Department Flood Operation Centre said that several stretches of roads were also submerged under about two metres of floodwaters, including Jalan Kaki Bukit and Jalan Titi Tinggi.

Drainage and Irrigation Department director of water resources and hydrology Hanafi Mohamad Noor said water from Timah Tasuh Dam was released Monday morning after it reached the maximum level of 30m.

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