Residents caught by surprise, claim flood siren malfunctioned

SEREMBAN: Several residents of Taman Pinggiran Felda Kelamah are up in arms after a flood siren along Sungai Kelamah allegedly failed to go off, causing them to be caught unawares.

The claim, however, was denied by state health exco and Repah assemblyman S. Veerapan.

“The siren is working, but the residents probably could not hear it due to the heavy rain.

“We managed to get them out before the area was flooded,” he said, adding that the authorities had also warned the residents that they would have to leave their homes if the water level kept rising.

Some residents in the area had claimed that they suffered losses as the floodwaters rose quickly and that the siren didn’t go off.

Tampin is the worst hit district in Negri Sembilan with 1,253 victims moved to 10 relief centres.

The Civil Defence in a statement said a total of 1,741 victims in four districts had to be evacuated to 17 centres.

Besides Tampin, the other affected districts were Jempol with 346 people evacuated to four centres, Kuala Pilah (116) and Jelebu (27).

Several roads were also closed temporarily due to flash floods.

Among these were stretches along Jalan Jelai-Bahau, Jalan Loop Palong, Jalan Dangi-Bahau, Jalan Gemas-Rompin, Jalan Londah-Gemas, Jalan Kurnia Diraja-Felda Jelai 2, Jalan Dangi-Kepis-Bahau and Jalan Gemas-Jelai Tambahan.

In Melaka, several homes in Taman Merdeka, Batu Berendam and Malim were expected to be hit by a fresh round of floods as Sungai Malim was on the verge of bursting its banks following a continuous downpour since Saturday.

The river’s water level had also reached a dangerous level and was expected to cause flooding if the rain continued.

Sungai Melaka at the Melaka Pindah tributary has also surpassed the dangerous level while Melaka Tengah district is the latest district to be impacted when several homes were inundated in ankle-deep water since yesterday morning.

The latest evacuation exercise within the Melaka Tengah district involved 215 flood victims from Taman Merdeka Jaya and Taman Thamby Chik Karim.

The headcount was done at 3.30pm yesterday and Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali had begun rendering aid to the victims at a evacuation centre in Taman Merdeka.

Villagers at Kampung Morten also said they were keeping vigil after their homes were flooded since yesterday morning.

Kampung Morten, which is situated in the heart of the historic city, has been experiencing floods for the third time since last December.

Meanwhile, Sulaiman said three trunk roads were closed to traffic after the routes were inaccessible due to the floods, namely Jalan Lubok China in Masjid Tanah and Jalan Angkasa Nuri and Jalan Kuala Sunggah in Batang Melaka, Alor Gajah.

He also said more schools would be turned into flood relief centres once the Melaka Education Department gave the green light and if the situation deteriorated.

He added that Covid-19 tests would also be conducted at all flood relief centres, of which the number of evacuees would be limited.

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