SEGAMAT: A 35-year-old hawker fell into a river while trying to rescue his wife in a downpour yesterday that caused another 1,180 people to be evacuated to 22 relief centres.
The hawker was later rescued by the public.
Lim Kim Meng, and his wife Lim Shiew Chin, 29 were on their way home in Taman Segar after buying some food when the incident occurred just before noon.
Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Adnan Alwee said Shiew Chin slipped into the swollen river and was swept away, prompting Kim Meng to jump in.
He said Shiew Chin managed to grab hold of some roots at the riverbank but Kim Meng was swept away by strong currents and was later rescued.
DSP Adnan said that as at 6pm yesterday, 1,501 people from 300 families had been evacuated to 22 relief centres compared with 321 victims evacuated on Sunday.
Among the 22 villages affected were Kampung Batu 13, Lembah Bakti in Tenang, Kampung Contoh Tenang, Kampung Tunku Tiga, Felda Pemanis Dua, and Kampung Paya Pulai.
Another 4,000 residents around Kampung Tengah will soon be evacuated because the water level in a river along Jalan Pemuda has risen to 1.2m. The main road leading to the village has been closed.
A Drainage and Irrigation Department spokesman said the water level at Sungai Segamat was 9.14m, above the danger level of 1.61m.
He advised villagers around Jalan Genuang to prepare for evacuation.
In Kluang, 84 people returned home after floods subsided yesterday.
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