Terengganu floods prompt evacuations

Keeping dry: Resident Nur Airisa Salleh and her daughter using a boat to navigate the floodwaters in Kampung Seberang Marang.— Bernama

KUALA TERENGGANU: Incessant heavy rain since yesterday caused floods in the Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Nerus and Marang districts.

The authorities had begun evacuation in the worst affected areas, according to Terengganu Civil Def­ence Force director Lt-Col Che Adam A. Rahman.

“Rainfall of heavy intensity was recorded at the reading stations in Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Nerus and Marang, exceeding 100mm over a three-hour period and, in certain areas, over 200mm over a six-hour period.

“Usually, 200mm of rainfall is recorded over a month during the monsoon season,” Che Adam told reporters.

The Kuala Terengganu city centre was also flooded, especially in the areas around Jalan Sultan Omar and Jalan Kamarudin, and residential areas in Taman Sri Intan, Jalan Tekukur and Taman Dahlia.

Che Adam said the Meteorological Department had forecast heavy rain until today for the whole of Terengganu.

Meanwhile, the Drainage and Irrigation Department reported that Sungai Telemong in Kuala Ping, Hulu Terengganu, and Sungai Chalok in Setiu had breached the alert level at 10am.

“The schedule of tides released by the National Hydrographic Centre indicates that massive tides are likely to occur between Thursday and Dec 28,” its statement read. — Bernama

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