Floods: Number of evacuees drops in five states

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 28,005 flood evacuees from 8,598 families are still taking shelter at relief centres in five states as of Monday (Dec 27) morning.

According to the Social Welfare Department Info Bencana portal, the evacuees are at 183 centres in Kelantan, Selangor, Pahang, Melaka and Negri Sembilan.

In SELANGOR, the total number of victims dropped to 11,864 at 61 centres Monday morning compared with 15,354 at 81 centres Sunday (Dec 26) night.

Meanwhile, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Norazam Khamis has advised the public not to burn their flood waste.

He said on Sunday, the department received a call to put out a fire fuelled by flood waste such as damaged furniture at 5.50pm and so far two cases had been recorded around Kapar, Klang.

In PAHANG, 16,579 victims were still housed at 119 centres as of Monday morning.

The districts still affected by the floods were Bentong, Temerloh, Bera, Maran, Kuantan and Pekan.

The Drainage and Irrigation Department’s Info Banjir website reported that several rivers, namely Sungai Pahang in Lubuk Paku, Maran and Sungai Bera in Bera have dropped to warning level and are showing a downward trend.

The Meteorological Department has predicted rain in several places in Kuantan and Pekan, while the weather in other districts is expected to be favourable Monday morning.

In KELANTAN, the number of evacuees dropped to 378 victims from 127 families as of 7am Monday, compared to 470 people from 153 families Sunday night.

Info Banjir reported that no major rivers in Kelantan were at the danger level, with only one river at the warning level, namely Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas.

In MELAKA, the number of victims remained at 26 people from eight families as at 8am.

Melaka Civil Defence Force director Lt Col (PA) Cuthbert John Martin Quadra said only one centre is still operating, namely SK Penghulu Benteng in Jasin.

In NEGRI SEMBILAN, state Civil Defence Force director Lt Kol (PA) Mohd Syukri Madnor said the number of victims dropped slightly to 128 people from 37 families, against 132 people from 38 families Sunday night, and they are being housed at three centres in Jelebu. – Bernama