Malaysia

More displaced as east coast floods flare up

People ride motorcycles on the flooded roads in Rantau Panjang December 27, 2012. — Reuters picPeople ride motorcycles on the flooded roads in Rantau Panjang December 27, 2012. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 — More flood victims were evacuated in Terengganu tonight, bringing the total number of evacuees in the east coast states to 23,307 from 21,013 yesterday.

In Terengganu, 18,531 victims from 4,343 families were sheltered at relief centres compared to 14,880 this afternoon.

According to the state government’s flood portal, 62 flood relief centres were opened in five districts while that of Setiu and Besut had been closed for the flood situation had returned to normal.

Flood relief centres in Kemaman registered the highest number of victims at 12,160, followed by Dungun (5,309) and Kuala Terengganu (1,002).

Two other flood relief centres in Hulu Terengganu (36 people) and Marang (24 people) are expected to be closed as hey accommodated only several families.

Only Km8 Jalan Tepoh-Kuala Jengai near Bandar Al-Muktafi Billah Shah is still closed to traffic.

In Kelantan, 4,594 flood victims took refuge at 11 relief centres compared to 5,951 yesterday.

According to the state government’s official portal, Tumpat recorded the highest number of flood victims at 2,427, followed by Pasir Mas (2,136) and Kota Baharu (31).

The number of evacuees is expected to drop further tomorrow for the weather was fine since yesterday.

At press time, Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang was still above the danger level at 9.81 metres (danger level 9 metres), but the water was receding while other the water level at other rivers had returned to normal.

The Rantau Free Trade Zone, which was crippled since two days ago, is expected to reopen by Sunday as floodwaters were receding.

However, Kelantan residents have been reminded to be prepared for the second round of floods as rain is expected in east coast states on Sunday.

In Pahang, the number of flood victims remained at 182, according to the National Security Council’s flood portal. — Bernama

 

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