Floods: Situation still under control, no need to declare emergency, says Anwar

SEGAMAT: There is no need for an emergency to be declared as the flood situation has seen signs of improvement, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The Prime Minister said that waters have also started receding in several areas that are affected by the floods.

"The government has decided not to announce a flood emergency as rainfall is expected to start seeing a reduction.

"Several places have also see floodwaters receding starting today.

"However, there are also some places that may have stagnant water (air termenung) and this may take some time. But there is no need to announce an emergency for now," he said on Sunday (March 5).

He said this at a press conference after visiting flood victims at the SJK(C) Kampung Tengah temporary relief centre here in Segamat.

He said this when asked if there was a need for an emergency to be declared in Johor as the number of victims have exceeded the 40,000 mark.

Earlier, Anwar arrived at 11.20am and spent about 20 minutes meeting the flood victims at the relief centre which houses 125 people from 32 families.

In addition to chatting with the evacuees, he also inspected the educational psychological activity room for children at the centre, run by the Social Welfare Department (JKM).

His arrival was warmly welcomed by evacuees at the centre, including the elderly and young people who were happy to meet the country’s leader.

Earlier, Anwar was given a briefing on the flood situation in the district at the 4th Royal Artillery Regiment (4 RAD), Segamat Camp.

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