25 rescued from flash floods in Skudai

JOHOR BARU: Some 25 people from four families in Kampung Laut in Skudai here were displaced following a flash flood.

Skudai Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Faisal Ismail said that they received a call about the flood at about 4.59pm on Sunday (Nov 22) and deployed 11 personnel with one Fire Rescue Tender (FRT) and one Emergency Medical Rescue Service (EMRS) vehicles.

“The water was about 30cm deep when we arrived. We advised residents to move to a temporary shelter as the water level was still rising.

“We were able to move 25 victims to the temporary relief shelter (PPS) at SK Skudai with the help of the Civil Defence Force (APM) and the Welfare Department, ” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Johor Baru Civil Defence Force (APM) district disaster management committee secretariat said the number of victims placed at the SK Kampung Pasir PPS had since reduced from 144 in the morning to nine people as at 5pm on Sunday (Nov 22).

The APM added that a shelter previously opened for flood victims in Pontian had been closed after water levels returned to normal.

Earlier, Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said that some 155 people from 40 families had been evacuated from their homes to two shelters due to floods in two districts in the state.

He said that the two districts affected by floods were Johor Baru with 144 victims and Pontian with 11 victims.

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