JOHOR BARU: Johor has seen the number of flood victims in the state decline significantly by 6,273, bringing the total number of victims from 49,543 people as of noon to 43,270 at 4pm on Monday (March 6).
The state disaster management committee said the evacuees were currently taking shelter at 226 temporary relief centres in nine districts on Monday (March 6).
The flood-hit districts were Batu Pahat, Johor Baru, Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Mersing, Muar, Pontian, Segamat and Tangkak.
"Thirty-nine centres were closed at 4pm bringing the total number to 226 from 264 at noon," the committee said in a statement.
Batu Pahat has the highest number of victims with 21,164 people, followed by Segamat (7,906), Muar (4,155), Kluang (3,515) and Tangkak (3,303).
Kota Tinggi has 1,847, Pontian 174 and Johor Baru 38 victims.
"Rivers in Segamat, Muar, Batu Pahat, Kluang and Kota Tinggi remained at dangerous levels," said the statement.
The rivers were Sungai Gemas, Sungai Muar and Sungai Lenik in Segamat; Sungai Muar in Muar; in Batu Pahat the rivers were Sungai Bekok, Sungai Sembrong and Sungai Simpang Kiri.
Others were Sungai Kahang in Kluang and Sungai Sedili Besar in Kota Tinggi.
Roads in Batu Pahat district closed to all vehicles were Jalan Johor Baru-Seremban at Kampung Ngamarto, Jalan Paloh Mados, Jalan Paloh Kangkar Baru and Jalan Parit Haji Arif/Sri Dayung at Sri Dayung bridge.
Other affected roads in the district were Jalan Parit Jambi at Parit Jambi bridge, Jalan Yong Peng-Muar at Simpang Parit Jalil/Bukit Belah, Jalan Yong Peng-Muar at Parit Sulong health clinic, Jalan Parit Warijo and Jalan Sri Bengkal.
Roads in Kluang inaccessible to all vehicles were Jalan Lingkaran Kahang Barat at FTPSB workers’ hostel, Jalan GSA Chamek at GSA Chamek bridge, and Jalan Kota Tinggi-Kluang at Ulu Penggeli bridge and Jalan Kota Tinggi-Kluang at Taman Sri Impian/Kopketa traffic light junction.
"Only one lane is open to all vehicles on Jalan Tun Sri Lanang in Kota Tinggi; and Jalan Mawai Lama at Rumah Burung, also in Kota Tinggi, is inaccessible to all vehicles," the statement added.
Jalan Ulu Tebrau-Sungai Tiram in Kulai was also closed to all vehicles while roads in Mersing affected by floods were Jalan Jemaluang-Batu Pahat, Tanah Abang, Jalan Nitar Utama near Smart petrol station, Jalan Semaloi and Jalan Sri Mahkota.
Roads closed in Muar were Jalan Muar-Labis near Speedmart Lenga, Jalan Muar-Labis Kampung Jawa, Jalan Muar-Labis at Sungai Tui bridge, Jalan Durian Condong at Muar bridge, Jalan Tekam Pogoh near the oil palm plantation and Jalan Muar-Labis at Galeri Bukit Kepong.
Roads affected in Segamat were Jalan Kuala Paya-Balai Badang near Kampung Balai Badang, Jalan Pogoh near Jalan Tok Jais and Awan Biru electrical office, Jalan Tumang near Tumang bridge, Jalan Balai Polis Buloh Kasap and Jalan Putting near the oil palm plantations and Jalan Senai-Gemas near the first bridge of Sungai Segamat.
In Tangkak, roads closed were Jalan Durian Condong-Bukit Kepong near the boundary of Bukit Kepong and Tangkak, the whole stretch of Jalan Jeti Kampung Penchu, Jalan Sungai Mati-Bukit Serampang near the entrance of Jalan Parit Sawah, Jalan Parit Cina in Pekan Ulu Kundang and Jalan Panchor heading towards a bridge to Pagoh.