KOTA BARU: The number of flood evacuees in Kelantan and Terengganu has risen with the flood situation in the two states growing more acute.
As of 1pm yesterday, the number reached 8,574, up from 6,961 at 8am, according to the Social Welfare Department’s infobanjir application.
The evacuees are being housed at 96 relief centres in nine districts, namely Kota Baru, Pasir Mas, Tumpat, Bachok, Tanah Merah, Pasir Puteh, Kuala Krai, Machang and Jeli.
Pasir Mas has the highest number of evacuees – 4,370 (1,694 families) put up at 38 centres.
Kota Baru is next, with 1,445 (362 families) at 13 centres.
The infobanjir.water.gov.my portal of the Drainage and Irrigation Department reported that the level of Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas, rose to 10.61m at noon yesterday, up from 10.56m at 8am. The danger level is 9m.
The ebanjir.kelantan.gov.my portal by the state government reported that all roads were passable to traffic.
Rain, at times heavy, was reported in several areas of the state until noon.
The number of flood victims in Terengganu increased to 2,432 (833 families) as of 8am yesterday, compared to 2,201 (765 families) at midnight.
The State Disaster Management Committee secretariat said 15 relief centres were opened in seven districts, bringing the total number of active centres to 64.
In Besut district, the number of victims rose to 842 (250 families) in 23 centres, compared to 637 (194 families) on Tuesday night. — Bernama