Three rivers in Kelantan breach alert level after continuous rain

KOTA BARU: The water levels at three rivers in Kelantan have exceeded the alert level following continuous rain in several areas since Monday.

The three rivers are Sungai Kampung Lembaga in Gua Musang, with a water level of 84.21m compared to the normal level of 83.7m; Sungai Kuala Krai (20.46m compared to the normal level of 20m); and Sungai Pergau in Air Bol, Jeli (72.27m compared to the normal level of 71.3m), said a report on as of 11am yesterday.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) on Monday issued a bad weather warning for Kota Baru, Bachok, Pasir Puteh and Kuala Krai districts in Kelantan; Maran in Kuantan and Pekan in Pahang; and the whole of Terengganu lasting until today.

The Kelantan Fisheries Department, meanwhile, has reminded aquaculture operators and fishermen to monitor changes in weather conditions, including strong winds and rough seas, during the current monsoon season.

Its director Nazri Ishak advised aquaculture operators to ensure that their cages were in good condition.

“Fishermen are advised to always be careful when at sea. Ensure that your vessel is seaworthy and that safety gear such as life jackets as well as communication and navigational equipment are functioning properly, ” he said in a statement.

Kelantan Health Department director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said floods could affect the number of Covid-19 cases in the state, especially if a major flood occurred and there was a spike in the number of evacuees at temporary relief centres.

He said his department and other agencies deployed at the evacuation centres had been told to stand by for such a possibility.“We want everyone to always adhere to the standard operating procedure so as to curb the spread of Covid-19, ” he said.

The SOP includes ensuring that all evacuees and flood relief personnel undergo temperature checks and that all centres are disinfected at regular intervals. — Bernama

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