Floods: Number of evacuees rises in Perak

IPOH: The number of flood evacuees in Perak rose Friday (Sept 22) morning with 129 people from 48 families being housed at three temporary relief centres in the districts of Taiping, Selama and Batang Padang.

The state disaster management committee secretariat said in a statement that two newly-opened relief centres were at SK Sungai Jernih, Selama, housing 34 people from 14 families; while 38 people from 16 families were at the Kampung Klah Community Hall in Sungkai.

The number of evacuees remained unchanged at 57 from 18 families at a relief centre at Kampung Simpang Halt Public Hall, Taiping which was opened on Thursday (Sept 21).

According to the Perak Irrigation and Drainage Department, the levels of the Kinta River at the Tanjung Tualang Weir, the Bidor River in Changkat Jong and the Kerian River in Selama were at the alert point.

Thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon in some districts including Larut, Matang and Selama, Manjung, Perak Tengah, Hilir Perak and Batang Padang; and rain in several districts including Kampar, Hulu Perak and Kerian.

Meanwhile, the Public Works Department said only one lane of the FT077 Jalan Pengkalan Hulu-Thailand Border Section 5 in Hulu Perak is open for all vehicles following a landslide and the implementation of a Traffic Management Plan in the area.

It said that Jalan A 156 Jalan Karai-Jawang Trosor in Kuala Kangsar is also closed to all vehicles because of the landslide. – Bernama

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