Kedah floods: 85 evacuated from three districts


(From left) Nafeesah Haron, 10, Aiman Azizan, eight, and Arqil Mohd Azrifitri, seven, wading through a flooded path at Kampung Seberang Meleleh in Kodiang, Kedah. — Photos: G.C. TAN/The Star

ALOR SETAR (Bernama): A total of 85 people from three districts in Kedah were evacuated to three temporary relief centres (PPS) after their houses were flooded following heavy rain on Monday (Nov 23).

Kedah Civil Defence Force (APM) Disaster Operations Division head Captain (PA) Saifuddin Abdullah said all the evacuees were from 23 families from several villages in Kubang Pasu, Pokok Sena and Kota Setar.

"A total of 29 people from six families from Kubang Pasu are placed at PPS Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Malau. They are from four villages, namely, Kampung Lahar, Kampung Paya, Kampung Paya Tok Teh and Kampung Biak.

"Meanwhile, in Pokok Sena, a total of 12 people from three families are currently housed at PPS at the Kampung Permatang Limau's surau. They are from Kampung Pulau and Kampung Permatang Limah,” he said in a statement here on Wednesday (Nov 25).

In Kota Setar, 44 people from 14 families from three villages (Kampung Suka Menanti, Kampung Seberang Pumpong and Kampung Alor Gunung) are currently accommodated at PPS SK Suka Menanti.

He said that heavy rain on Monday caused the water level in the low lying areas or near the river to rise between one to two metres and the victims had to be evacuated immediately using a five-tonne lorry belonging to APM.

"Currently the water is receding slowly. If it does not rain today then the water is expected to recede completely and the victims will be allowed to return home,” he said.- Bernama

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