Still floods in Perlis, Kedah

Aftermath of disaster: Residents witnessing a crane clearing a river of fallen tree trunks and other debris at Kampung Padang Empang in Baling, Kedah. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Two northern states in the peninsula, Perlis and Kedah, are still affected by a wave of floods.

A flood relief centre (PPS) has been opened in Perlis while in Kedah, the number of evacuees continues to increase.

In Perlis, flash floods hit Kampung Kubang Gajah following continuous rain since Wednesday, resulting in a PPS being opened at SK Kubang Gajah in Arau that night to accommodate residents from low-lying areas.

Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) Perlis director Lt-Kol (PA) Mohd Izaimi Md Daud said the PPS was opened at 8pm on Wednesday to accommodate 42 victims, involving 16 families, from the village.

Bernama reported that the flood situation in Arau had returned to normal with the closure of the PPS at SK Arau at 2.45pm yesterday after all the evacuees, involving 38 people from 11 families in Kampung Titi Besi and Kampung Kebun, returned home.

In Kedah, there was an increase in the number of evacuees, from 701 people (201 families) from Wednesday night to 1,220 people (372 families) yesterday morning.

According to a statement by the Kedah Disaster Management Secretariat, the victims are being accommodated at 11 PPS in the Kubang Pasu, Kota Setar, Pokok Sena and Baling districts.

Four of them are in Kubang Pasu, namely SMK Changlun, Dewan Kampung Tradisi Lembah Keriang in Changlun, SK Malau and Dewan PPK Lubuk Batu, while two other PPS are in Kota Setar (SK Taman Aman and SMK Kepala Batas).

The remaining five PPS are at SK Bukit Hijau, Maahad Tarbiyah Derang and Surau Permatang Limau in Pokok Sena, and SK Iboi and SMK Jerai in Baling.

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