8,204 evacuated as flash floods hit eight districts in Johor

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017

The Segamat River has burst its banks, causing parts of the town in Jalan Bestari to be flooded.

JOHOR BARU: Eight of 10 districts in Johor have been hit by floods bringing the total number of evacuees to 8,204 from 2,428 families housed in 70 relief centres statewide as of early Wednesday morning.

Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said that Muar was the latest district to be affected by floods with 90 victims evacuated and placed at the Dewan Semai Bakti Gugusan Felda Moakil relief centre.

"Segamat remained the worst hit, as the number of flood victims increased to 6,609 involving 2,012 families in 50 centres as of 6am on Wednesday.

"Kota Tinggi recorded 1,003 victims followed by Tangkak with 157 evacuees, Kluang (135), Mersing (111), Muar (90), Johor Baru (88) and 11 victims in Batu Pahat," he said in a statement here.

Ayub added that the only two districts remained unaffected were Pontian and Kulai.

He also said that many of the roads closed on Tuesday remained cordoned off except for Batu 3 and Batu 9 of Jalan Mawai as well as Jalan Lukut Cina in Kota Tinggi.

In Segamat, Jalan Jabi - Bukit Tempurung, Jalan Utama Felda Pemanis, Seksyen 2 to Seksyen 6 of Jalan Segamat - Kuantan and Jalan Felda Kemelah are still affected by floods.

Ayub added that flood waters have also cut off access to roads leading up to Kampung Orang Asli Sedohok as well as Kampung Orang Asli Berasau, Kampung Orang Asli Air Pasir and Kuala Sengka and in Kahang, Kluang.

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