Over 32,000 evacuated in five states as floods worsen


KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 — By 6pm today, a total of 32,543 people had been evacuated to relief centres in five states in the peninsula as rain-induced floods continued to wreak havoc, particularly in the east coast states of Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang.

The number of evacuees rose slightly in Perak while it remained unchanged in Johor from this morning.

Terengganu had the highest number of people who had to move out of their flood-hit homes, with 19,601 from 5,699 families now housed in 243 relief centres, up from 11,415 from 3,326 families in 174 centres as of this morning.

Kuala Nerus became the latest and last of the eight districts of Terengganu to be struck by the floods, with 302 people having to move to three relief centres, according to a statement from the State Disaster Management Committee Secretariat.

Hulu Terengganu was the worst-affected district, with 5,726 people taking shelter at 50 relief centres. Next was Besut (with 5,067 people in 80 relief centres), then Kemaman (3,565 in 26 centres), Setiu (3,172 in 51 centres), Dungun (1,083 in 23 centres), Kuala Terengganu (382 in six centres) and Marang (304 in four centres).

Heavy rain has been reported in many areas in Terengganu. According to the https:publicinfobanjir.water.gov.my/ website, the water levels of 16 of the 25 major rivers in the state had breached the danger point.

These rivers include Sungai Berang in Kampung Menerong, Hulu Terengganu, and Sungai Besut in Kampung La, Besut.

In Kelantan, the https://ebanjir.kelantan.gov.my/ official portal reported that 12,104 people from 3,295 families had been evacuated by this evening, up from 8,645 people from 2,586 families as of this morning.

It said that 95 relief centres had been opened in nine of the 10 districts in the state, namely Kota Baru, Pasir Mas, Tumpat, Bachok, Tanah Merah, Pasir Puteh, Kuala Krai, Machang and Jeli.

According to the https://publicinfobanjir.water.gov.my/ website, the water levels of 11 major rivers had surpassed the danger point. The rivers include Sungai Lebir in Kampung Tualang, Kuala Krai (39.92 metres), Sungai Golok in Kampung Jenob, Tanah Merah (25.10 metres) and Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas (10.74 metres). — Bernama



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