Number of flood evacuees continues to climb

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 15 Dec 2019

PETALING JAYA: The number of flood evacuees nationwide has risen after more than 2,500 people were evacuated from their homes following heavy rains in Johor and Pahang.

In total, 2,594 flood evacuees from 772 families were placed across 43 temporary relief centres in Johor, Pahang and Sarawak as at 5pm yesterday, said the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).

Johor had the most flood victims at 2,402 people across Mersing, Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Segamat, Kulaijaya and Muar, followed by 142 in Rompin, Pahang, and 50 in Sri Aman, Sarawak.

Mersing and Kota Tinggi had the highest number of flood evacuees at 829 and 696 respectively, followed by Kluang at 650, Segamat at 166, Kulaijaya at 56 and five in Muar.

Weather warnings for Mersing and Kota Tinggi, where heavy rainfall was forecast to last until today, were issued by the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) yesterday morning.

Alerts for bad weather lasting until today were also issued for Segamat, Batu Pahat, Kluang, Pontian, Kulai, Johor Baru and Rompin.

In Sri Aman, 50 flood evacuees from 12 families were still taking shelter at Dewan SMK Melugu temporary relief centre since floods started on Monday, said Nadma.

The agency advised its support teams in areas at risk of facing floods to be ready following the issuance of bad weather warnings and prolonged rainfall in Johor and Pahang.

“Disaster management committees in high-risk areas are advised to be activated and increase preparedness for the imminent disaster.

“The state/district-level disaster management committees are also requested to ensure that all the temporary relief centres are equipped with basic necessities.

“The control posts must also ensure that all assets for operations are sufficient, in good condition and ready to be used, ” said Nadma in a statement yesterday.

According to MetMalaysia, heavy rainfall would be expected in Johor as well as the east coast states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang until early next month.

The north-east monsoon started on Oct 24 and is expected to last until March, said MetMalaysia in its weather forecast report for December 2019 until May 2020.

Starting January, monsoon rains in several states, especially in the east coast of the peninsula, will ease up but heavy rainfall is expected to continue in Sabah and Sarawak, it said.

Nadma is constantly monitoring the situation in the country via its National Disaster Control Centre, which the public can contact via telephone at 03-8064 2400 or e-mail to share any pertinent information.

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