Floods: Slight increase in number of victims at shelters in several states on Wednesday (Dec 22) morning


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  • Wednesday, 22 Dec 2021

Residents of Taman Sri Muda wading through floodwaters with their personal belongings as they make their way to shelter and safety together with their loved ones. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: As floods in the country enter the sixth day on Wednesday (Dec 22), there is a slight increase in the number of victims at temporary relief centres (PPS) as compared to the day before.

The states which saw a rise in the number of evacuees at PPS were Pahang, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Perak, with the number in Melaka remained unchanged while Kelantan continued to see a fall in the number of flood victims.

However, the Environment and Water Ministry on Tuesday (Dec 21) announced that the water level of rivers in several flood affected states are still at warning and alert levels while several areas in Pahang showed a water levels rising the danger level.

In PAHANG, the Welfare Department's Info Bencana application reported the total number of flood victims on Wednesday morning was 42,529 people in 281 PPS in all districts except Rompin and Cameron Highlands.

Several main rivers were also found exceeding the danger level in Sungai Pahang at several locations including Bera Water Front, Lubuk Pasu (Temerloh), Lubuk Paku (Maran) and Kuala Sungai Chini (Pekan).

The Meteorological Department has forecast rainy weather in the morning in some areas in Bera and Bentong while other districts are expected to enjoy fair weather before thunderstorms are likely to occur in some areas in the evening.

Meanwhile, the main highway concession holder in Pahang, Anih Bhd, reported that the routes from Bentong to Karak at the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway and Chenor to Karak route on the East Coast Highway Phase 1 (LPT1) are still not passable in both directions.

The number of flood victims in SELANGOR went up slightly from 23,375 victims from 6,349 families on Tuesday night to 23,633 victims from 6,422 families at 128 PPS in the morning.

Apart from that, the Selangor police announced 15 roads including five lanes were still closed involving areas under nine districts as at 4am on Wednesday morning.

The road closures involved five roads under Subang Jaya police headquarters (IPD); two each at Petaling Jaya IPD and Kuala Selangor IPD, while one road each was closed in the IPDs of Kuala Langat; Sepang; KLIA; Hulu Selangor; Shah Alam and Sabak Bernam.

In NEGRI SEMBILAN, state Civil Defence Force director Lt Col (PA) Mohd Syukri Madnor said the number of flood victims as at 8am on Wednesday was 329 people from 89 families in five PPS for the districts of Seremban and Jelebu, which was an increase of one victim as compared to the night before.

In PERAK, there were 286 flood victims in two PPS in Hilir Perak as well as one PPS each at Dewan Bandaran Teluk Intan and Dewan Sekolah Menengah Abdul Rahman Talib, as at 8am.

A spokesman of the Civil Defence Force and Perak Disaster Management Committee secretariat said there was light drizzle at the flooded locations on Wednesday morning which may turn into continuous heavy rain while the current river water levels in Sungai Bidor, Hilir Perak fell to the warning level at 3.43m compared to the danger level of 3.80m the day before.

Meanwhile, Kuala Kangsar OCPD Asst Comm Omar Bakhtiar Yaacob said the floods in Kampung Talang, Kuala Kangsar on Tuesday night had began to recede and the sound of sirens issued by the Fire and Rescue Department was a reminder for residents to be vigilant as the area was flooded.

In MELAKA, the number of flood victims remained at 165 victims from 41 families as of 8am on Wednesday, said Melaka Civil Defence Force director Lt Col (PA) Cuthbert John Martin.

Meanwhile, KELANTAN showed a decrease in the number of flood victims as of 8am on Wednesday involving 2,500 compared to 2,617 people on Tuesday, with 15 PPS opened in two districts, namely 10 in Pasir Mas and five in Kuala Krai, according to the Kelantan Civil Defence Force Disaster Management and Operations secretariat Zainuddin Hussin.

Meanwhile, the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) info portal reported that only two major rivers in the state were at danger level involving Pasir Mas district, namely Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang, which recorded a reading of 9.53m and Sungai Kelantan in Rantau Panjang (9.47 m).- Bernama

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