Flood victims return home


Rescue personnel evacuating flood victims in Pekan Nenas, Pontian. — Filepic

JOHOR BARU: All the 69 flood evacuees in Skudai and Tampoi were allowed to return to their homes yesterday afternoon after the floods in their villages receded.

They comprised 38 people from nine families who were evacuated from Kampung Laut Batu 10, Skudai, and 31 people from nine families who were moved out of Kampung Pasir, Tampoi yesterday, said Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan.

He said the Kampung Laut Batu 10 villagers were accommodated at SK Batu 10, Skudai and the Kampur Pasir villagers at SK Kampung Pasir, Tampoi.

The SK Kampung Pasir relief centre was closed at 11.30am but the SK Batu 10 centre is being kept open in case of more floods, he said.

Vidyananthan said all agencies, including the district offices, Civil Defence Force (APM), Social Welfare Department and Fire and Rescue Department, are on the alert for floods in the state.

Aside from ground surveillance, APM also conducts sea level surveillance and weather monitoring so that it can anticipate any flooding incident and move out victims when needed.

The Johor APM has prepared 117 rescue vehicles including 79 boats, 13 ambulances and 10 four-wheel-vehicles for this monsoon season.

It also has 633 collapsible tents to be used at the relief centres and 1,507 life jackets for rescue operations.

Victims can call APM for help at these numbers: 07-234 7363 (Johor Baru), 06-954 5992 (Muar), 07-773 1338 (Kluang), 07-799 8363 (Mersing), 07-688 2246 (Pontian), 07-932 1488 (Segamat), 07-430 0817 (Batu Pahat), 07-880 1375 (Kota Tinggi) and 06-975 1181 (Tangkak).

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