Monday, 24 December 2012

92 evacuated from villages in Dungun due to floods

DUNGUN: A total of 92 people from 16 families in three villages here were evacuated since last night when floods hit the district.

Seven of the families, involving 39 people, are from the Kampung Bukit Gendut Housing Project for the Hardcore Poor (PPRT), Pulai Serai, and they were evacuated to the relief centre at Sekolah Rendah Pulau Serai at 9pm on Saturday.

Six families, comprising 33 people, are from Kampung Tanjung Pagar Lima, and the three remaining families (20 people) are from Kam-pung Seberang Pintasan.

They were evacuated to the community hall in their respective villages.

Dungun MP Datuk Matulidi Jusoh, when met after visiting the victims yesterday, said floods hit the villages following heavy rain since 6am on Saturday.

The water in Sungai Pimpin also overflowed its banks and caused flooding at the Bukit Gendut PPRT, he added.

He advised residents in flood-prone areas to evacuate when asked to do so by the authorities and to ensure that their children do not play in floodwaters.

Meanwhile, a flood victim, Raihan Deraman, 48, of the Bukit Gendut PPRT, said water began entering her house at 7pm and this was the second time her family had to evacuate since they moved in three years ago.

In KOTA BARU, residents in low-lying areas, especially along the rivers, have been advised to prepare for floods.

Kelantan Fire and Rescue Depart-ment director Azmi Osman issued the advice following continuous rain since last week and reports of the river water rising.

“They should be prepared and to evacuate when the need arises without having to wait for instructions to do so,” he said when met by reporters after the department’s monthly assembly yesterday.


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