KANGAR: The floods in Perlis have forced the evacuation of more people overnight, raising the number of evacuees to 557 as at 8am Monday.
State Social Welfare Department director Abdullah Ali said the evacuees were being accommodated at six relief centres the Kampung Kok Mak community hall, Sekolah Kebangsaan Titi Tinggi, Padang Melaka community hall, Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu Bertangkup, Kampung Panggas Besar community hall and the Panggas Kecil surau.
Some 278 people were evacuated Sunday following the floods caused by heavy rain which lashed northern Perlis on the eve of New Year's Day.
Abdullah said 150 members of voluntary organisations were lending a hand to manage the evacuation and supervision of the evacuees, assisted by the village development and security committees in the affected areas.
He also said that policemen, personnel from the Fire & Rescue and Civil Defence Department and volunteers were monitoring the floodwaters to determine whether more evacuation is necessary.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Md Isa Sabu and two former mentris besar, Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim and Tan Sri Dr Abdul Hamid Pawanteh, together visited the relief centres Sunday night to distribute aid.
Meanwhile, in Terengganu, the situation in the flood-hit districts of Besut and Setiu in Terengganu has not changed much but the number of evacuees has dropped to 586 from 807 overnight.
Some 460 of the evacuees were in Besut and 126 in Setiu, and being housed at eight relief centres, five in Besut and three in Setiu, according to the state government portal on floods.
The centres in Besut are at the Kampung Pengkalan Kubur multipurpose hall, Sekolah Bukit Tempurung, Renek market, Perkaya hostel and Kayu Kelat surau.
Those in Setiu are at Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Besut, Guntong Luar Mosque and the Desa Jaya civic hall.
The floods hit Terengganu following strong winds and heavy rain which lashed the state on the eve of New Year's Day, breaching river levels to danger points.
The portal reported that all roads in the state are passable and that the rain stopped Sunday evening.
In Johor, the situation in flood-hit Segamat improved overnight, with only 60 evacuees remaining at three relief centres Monday morning.
The National Security Council portal said the evacuees were being accommodated at relief centres in Kampung Spangloi, Kampung Batu Badak and Kampung Pogoh.
The Drainage and Irrigation Department portal reported that the level of Sungai Muar was 8.81m in Buloh Kasap and of Sungai Bekok, 17.07m at the Bekok Dam in Batu Pahat, both rivers still breaching the warning point.
The people in the vicinity of the two areas have been advised to be on the alert for floods. - Bernama