Villagers in Johor evacuated as floodwaters rise


  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 Jan 2003

JOHOR BARU: Floodwaters from two days of rain forced over 400 residents in eight villages in Segamat and Kluang to evacuate to six relief centres yesterday. 

Kampung Lembah Bakti in Segamat recorded the highest number of evacuees with 176 people moved to higher ground followed by 52 victims from Kampung Contoh. 

Other affected areas are Felda Pemanis Dua, Kampung Paya Pulai, Kampung Sedeng and Tenang Station.  

Segamat deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Adnan Alwee said the affected residents were evacuated at 1pm when water level rose to one metre. 

“At this point of time everything is under control. 

“The victims have been evacuated to six flood relief centres,” he said. 

In Kluang, 112 residents from Kampung Melayu Batu Empat and Kampung Muhibbah were evacuated to community halls when overflowing river water hit their houses. 

District Police Chief Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Ariffin said 79 victims, including 21 children, were from Kampung Muhibbah while the remaining were from Kampung Melayu Batu Empat. 

“The situation is under control now but we fear that if the rain continues more people may have to be evacuated. 

“The water level at the river has exceeded the normal one metre mark but we are prepared for any eventuality,” he said.  

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