4,222 moved to 49 flood relief centres in Sarawak

KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawak is seeing a three-fold increase in the number of flood evacuees as relatively fine weather has allowed floods in the peninsula to ease off.

On the third day of floods in six districts in Sarawak, the number of evacuees swelled to 4,222 in 49 relief centres yesterday.

A report of the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee said as of 8am, there were 2,159 evacuees at 19 relief centres in Kuching district; 1,014 at 10 centres in Serian; 706 at 11 centres in Bau; 211 at five centres in Kota Samarahan; 103 at two centres in Simunjan; and 29 at two centres in Miri.

In Sabah, the number of evacuees increased to 761 as of 8am yesterday, up from 712 on Thursday afternoon.

The Sabah Disaster Management Committee Secretariat said all the evacuees were being housed at 11 relief centres in five districts, namely Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beaufort, Lahad Datu and Paitan.

Seven flood relief centres are still opened in four flood-stricken districts in Sabah yesterday housing 313 evacuees in total.

The secretariat also reported that 149 villages were affected in the districts of Pitas, Paitan, Beaufort and Lahad Datu.

The situation in the Kudat district, which was inundated earlier due to the high tide phenomenon, has improved.

The Dewan Arena Belia dan Sukan relief centre that earlier housed 80 villagers has been deactivated at 2pm as victims were allowed to return home.

The four relief centres in Kota Marudu have also been deactivated earlier.

“Weather is clear in Kota Marudu, cloudy in Lahad Datu, Beaufort and Kudat, while it has rained in Pitas and Paitan, ” the secretariat said yesterday.

The high tide phenomenon that hit coastal areas in Kota Kinabalu on Thursday has also subsided.

Meanwhile, landslides were also reported in the districts of Kudat (two villages), Pitas (three) and Kota Marudu (one).

Authorities have channelled food packages to those who are stranded in Paitan area using helicopters.

In Pahang, all the 69 evacuees in the Raub district, including 23 tahfiz students, returned to their homes yesterday, and the three relief centres were closed.

The Social Welfare Department’s InfoBencana portal reported that the number of evacuees in the state stood at 7,992 at of 8am, housed at 102 relief centres in seven districts.

Pekan district recorded the highest number of evacuees at 3,317, followed by Maran (1,903), Kuantan (878), Temerloh (792), Bera (715), Lipis (353) and Jerantut (34).

In Johor, the number of evacuees dropped to 784 as of 8am, down from 892 on Thursday.

According to the state Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan, all the evacuees are being accommodated at 10 relief centres in five districts.

The Kota Tinggi district, he said, still had the highest number of evacuees – 525 at five relief centres – followed by Johor Baru (116 at two centres), Kluang (50 at one centre), Segamat (76 at one centre) and Batu Pahat (17 at one centre). — Bernama

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