All flood relief centres in Johor closed

Going home: A flood evacuee at the Yong Peng multi-purpose hall getting ready to return home.

JOHOR BARU: All temporary relief centres (PPS) in Johor have been closed after the state was affected by floods for almost a month.

The state disaster management committee said the remaining 141 evacuees, who earlier sought shelter at two PPS in Batu Pahat, were allowed to return home yesterday after the flood situation improved.

“The remaining victims from 37 families left the PPS at SK Seri Medan and Yong Peng multi-purpose hall, which were the last two flood relief centres,” the committee said in a statement.

The evacuees were from Parit Terus, Parit Yusof, Parit Warijo, Kampung Parit Lapis Bangas, Taman Desa Suria, Taman Berlian, Taman Melur, Kampung Parit Awang and Kampung Baru B2.

All 10 districts in Johor were flooded following heavy rain on Feb 28, with Segamat, Batu Pahat, Muar, Kota Tinggi and Tangkak being the most affected districts.

Although the flood situation gradually improved over the weeks in other parts of the state, Batu Pahat was still affected due to the district’s bowl-shaped terrain, which trapped the floodwaters from flowing out to sea.

The Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) had to mobilise water pumps to flush the floodwaters out of the areas into the rivers.

At the height of the floods, more than 50,000 people were evacuated to close to 270 PPS statewide while many others sought shelter at the homes of relatives and friends.

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