Hundreds of flood victims evacuated

IPOH: At least 129 people from 48 families are being housed at three relief centres in the districts of Taiping, Selama and Batang Padang.

The state disaster management committee secretariat said there were two newly opened relief centres – SK Sungai Jernih, Selama, housing 34 people from 14 families and the Kampung Klah Community Hall, Sungkai, with 38 people from 16 families.

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, it said in a statement.

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

Thunderstorms were expected yesterday afternoon in some districts including Larut, Matang, Selama, Manjung, Perak Tengah, Hilir Perak and Batang Padang while rain was forecast for several districts including Kampar, Hulu Perak and Kerian.

The Public Works Department said that only one lane of the FT077 Jalan Pengkalan Hulu-Thailand Border Section 5 in Hulu Perak was still open for use due to a landslide and the installation of a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) in the area.

It said Jalan A 156 Jalan Karai-Jawang Trosor in Kuala Kangsar was fully closed due to the landslide.

In Kedah, 102 people from 33 families in Baling were evacuated to two temporary relief centres after their houses were inundated by flash floods following heavy rain on Thursday.

Kedah Civil Defence Force head of disaster management secretariat Major (PA) Muhammad Suhaimi Mohd Zain said the relief centres were at Masjid Islahiyah Tawar and Masjid Binjul Luar.

“The relief centre at the Masjid Islahiyah Tawar was opened at 11pm to house 91 of the victims from 31 families, while the centre at Masjid Binjul Luar housed 11 other victims from two families,” he said in a statement.

He said the downpour which began in the afternoon yesterday had also caused Sungai Ketil to overflow and flood Kampung Padang Empang and Kampung Iboi.

The river’s water level recorded at Kampung Kuala Pegang at 8pm showed that it had surpassed the danger level of 36.19m, he said.

Both relief centres were eventually closed at 7pm yesterday with all the victims allowed to return home. — Bernama

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