JOHOR BARU: The number of flood victims in Johor reached 4,368 people from 1,218 families at 4pm compared to 3,967 people from 1,104 families at noon on Wednesday (Jan 25).
The state Disaster Management Committee said there are 44 temporary relief centres in operation in six affected districts, namely Segamat, Mersing, Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Batu Pahat and Muar.
"All of the affected districts are showing an increasing trend, with the highest number of victims at Segamat with 1,522 people.
"It is followed by Kluang (1,222), Mersing (708), Kota Tinggi (591), Batu Pahat (119), and Muar (206)," it said in a statement.
The centres with the highest number of evacuees are at SK Kampung Tenang, Labis, Segamat, with 477 people, and SMK Seri Perdana, Kluang, with 401 people.
"At the same time, we have also closed two relief centres in Segamat, namely Dewan Serbaguna Chaah and SK Sri Bali Chaah," the statement added.
Four river monitoring stations had also recorded water levels above the danger level, with three in Segamat and one in Kluang.
The rivers were Sungai Gemas with a reading of 19.2m, Sungai Segamat (9.22m), Sungai Segamat Kecil (37.34m), and Sungai Kahang (16.12m).
The rivers recorded at warning level were Sungai Muar in Segamat (19.88m), Sungai Sarang Buaya in Muar (3.1m), Sungai Pontian Besar (10.68m) and Sungai Skudai (17.6m) in Kulai.
Warning levels were also recorded at Sungai Endau in Mersing (1.98m), Sungai Sembrong in Batu Pahat (11.02m) and Sungai Tebrau in Johor Baru (2.08m).
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) issued a warning on persistent rain in Mersing, Kota Tinggi, Segamat, Kluang, Kulai, Johor Baru, Tangkak, Muar, Batu Pahat, and Pontian.
There were also three road closures in Mersing, namely Jalan Jemaluang-Batu Pahat, Jalan Nitar Timur-Pengkalan Batu, and Jalan Tanah Abang.
The road closed in Kota Tinggi were at Jalan Ladang Siang, Jalan Mawai Lama, and Jalan Tanjung Sedili.