Support pours in for deluged Pahang

Rising waters: A resident of Kampung Mencupu in Pekan, Pahang, resting in a hammock in front of his flooded house. — Bernama

KUANTAN: It has been a cold, wet and soggy start to the new year for Pahang folk inundated by seasonal floods.

As at 10am yesterday, there were 13,218 people sheltering at relief centres across the state’s 10 districts.

Kuantan is the worst hit with 3,400 victims, followed by Maran (2,781), Jerantut (1,759), Raub (1,688), Temerloh (1,160), Lipis (1,062), Rompin (814), Pekan (261), Bentong (195) and Bera (98).

Cameron Highlands is the sole district in Pahang which has not been adversely affected by the latest round of floods.

The National Disaster Management Agency reported that the number of flood victims was increasing even though the downpour, which lasted for a few days, had already eased up.

Annual floods are common in Pahang each time the northeast monsoon comes around towards the end of the year.

Luckily, the floods in the past few years did not reach the magnitude of the 2013 east coast deluge, which had caused much devastation.

The 2013 floods had claimed three lives and impacted more than 40,000 people in the state.

But that does not mean this year’s floods have not been destructive.

This year’s floods claimed its first victim, 58-year-old Zulkarnain Hitam, who had been wading through the floodwaters with his son Ukai Iskandar, 23, when they were swept away by strong currents.Zulkarnain’s remains have been recovered, though Ukai is still missing.

The Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan route through the East Coast Expressway Phase 1 was also cut off after a section of KM113 near Lanchang became submerged on Monday night.

Various groups and non-governmental organisations rallied together and initiated collection drives to source for essentials to be delivered to flood victims.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail also announced that more than 10,000 volunteers had been mobilised throughout the state to assist flood victims.

These volunteers, he said, were from NGOs such as the Pahang Social Action Council, Pahang State Women’s Development Council, Sukarelawan Tunas Warisan as well as all three wings of the state’s Umno divisions.

Wan Rosdy said they would cooperate with rescue departments and agencies to move flood victims to relief centres and contribute daily necessities.

“Since the floods hit the state two days ago, more than 10,000 volunteers have been mobilised and I am satisfied with the efforts being carried out.

“This can further ease the work by government departments and agencies under the coordination of the Disaster Operations Control Centre in the affected districts, ” he said.

Wan Rosdy said he had also instructed that relief efforts be enhanced to ensure that victims received the best help possible, including during the post-flood period.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Nation

Dhaya Maju gets ad interim injunction until July 26
Man gets seven months' jail for threatening mother with knife
Body of man found in Batu Pahat lake
YTL: Audit conducted shows smartphones given out for home-based learning are safe to use
Taxis, e-hailing vehicles allowed to travel between greater KK districts
Covid-19: About one million shots administered by private sector so far
Health Dept investigating alleged Father's Day gathering at deputy minister's house
Health Ministry: 21 new Covid-19 clusters, 13 from workplaces
Cops arrest man who allegedly fed alcohol to baby
Selangor reps from both sides agree that state assembly should reconvene soon

Stories You'll Enjoy