Malaysia

Declare emergency in Kemaman, Putrajaya urged

Scores of people seek shelter at a water tank structure in Kemaman today. Pic courtesy JKKK Fan Club Facebook. - December 4, 2013.Scores of people seek shelter at a water tank structure in Kemaman today. Pic courtesy JKKK Fan Club Facebook. - December 4, 2013.Putrajaya has been urged to declare a natural disaster emergency in Kemaman, Terengganu following floods which have caused people to flee their homes.

Batu Burok state assemblyman Dr Syed Azman Ahmad Nawawi claimed thousands were trapped in the floods, believed to be the worst in recent years.

"Putrajaya should act fast to provide assistance to the people there," he told The Malaysian Insider today.

This comes as Bernama reported that the number of people at flood relief centres in the state rose to 3,486.

Kemaman is the most affected town, followed by Dungun and Hulu Terengganu.

Several main roads remain closed including Jalan Cukai-Air Putih in Kemaman, Jalan Jerangau-Jabor in Dungun, and Jalan Ajil-Kuala Berang in Hulu Terengganu.

The number of families forced to flee their homes rose to 897, compared to 724 families last night.

The report said the National Security Council (MKN) has opened two more relief centres, making it a total of 44 centres to help victims.

Besides Terengganu, heavy rain in the last few days have left thousands to crowd relief centres in Pahang and Johor.

Bernama reported that water and electricity supply in Kuantan have been cut off in most areas, while roads were inundated by up to one metre of water. Similar scenes were reported in suburbs and villages in near Kuantan, where floodwaters reached up to two metres.

As at 11am today, a total of 11,721 flood victims were being sheltered in
relief centres in Kuantan, Rompin, Pekan, Maran and Jerantut.

In Johor, Mersing recorded the highest number of evacuees at 5,441 people, followed by Segamat (1,184), Kota Tinggi (192), Kluang (189), Muar (87) and Batu Pahat (13), according to MKN as reported by Bernama.

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