More than 9,000 evacuated to flood shelters in Malaysia

Fire and rescue personnel assist flood victims in Kampung Maju Jaya, Johor Baru October 22, 2019. — Bernama pic. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16, 2019, Bernama. More than 9,000 people in Johor were forced to evacuate to 93 temporary evacuation centres (PPS) in nine districts across the state after their homes were hits by floods following continuous heavy rainfall, Malay Mail reported.

The affected districts are Mersing, Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Segamat, Pontian, Batu Pahat, Kulai, Johor Baru and Muar.

As of 8am this morning, a total of 9,151 evacuees are given shelter at the relief centres, a slight increase from 9,043 people recorded at 9.30pm last night.

State Local Government, Urban Well-being and Environment Committee chairman Tan Chen Choon said all victims were from 2,475 families.

“Kluang has recorded the highest number of evacuees with 2,666 people from 747 families followed by Kota Tinggi with 2,659 people from 695 families,” he said.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department has issued dangerous weather warning in Mersing and Kota Tinggi districts and severe weather warning for Segamat, Muar, Batu Pahat, Kluang, Pontian, Kulai and Johor Baru, as well as alert warning for Tangkak.

Jalan Mawai Lama and Jalan Dalam in Kota Tinggi are closed to all vehicles, while one lane of Jalan Telok Arong in Mersing, opens for light vehicles only.

In Pahang, heavy rain since yesterday have caused several areas in Rompin inundated with flood waters with 1,003 people from 256 families were forced to be evacuated to 10 PPS this morning.

The Social Welfare Department (SWD)’s Disaster Info Portal as of 7am today reported the increase in the number of evacuees compared to 858 from 232 families were given temporary shelter at PPS last night.

The PPS Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Pianggu recorded the highest number of victims at 284 people from 81 families; SK Sarang Tiong (208 people, 44 families); Kampung Setajam (187 people, 51 families); Rekoh community hall (119 people, 32 families); and Rompin Weightlfting hall (44 people, 11 families).

The water level in Sungai Pukin recorded a reading of 44.06 metres exceeded the alert level of 44 metres, with continuous rain expected today.

Meanwhile, in Sarawak, nine people were placed in a temporary evacuation centre at the Suarah hall, Marudi in Miri when their homes in Kampung Padang Kerbau were flooded due to heavy rain and high tide.

Elsewhere in Melaka, flood situation has fully recovered and 13 people from three families in Alor Gajah were allowed to return home at 9am this morning.

Melaka disaster management committee secretariat chief Lt Col (PA) Effendy Ali said following the fine weather, the PPS at the Durian Tunggal Constituency Coordinating Committee (Japerun) complex, Bukit Balai, was closed.

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