Thursday, 27 December 2012

Two dead and number of evacuees in three East Coast states rising

The situation in three East Coast states which are inundated has worsened with the number of victims moved to relief centres in Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu rising.

Up till 4pm yesterday the number of evacuees stood at 16,873.

According to the official flood portals of the three states, the latest figure showed that a total of 10,412 victims in Terengganu were moved to 129 temporary centres with one death reported in the state.

A woman drowned after she slipped while putting up a net to catch fish with her husband at Sungai Lanjut near the Permaisuri Bridge at 3pm on Tuesday while a 15-year-old boy drowned after he fell off a sampan near his home in Bukit Mentok, Kemaman yesterday.

In Kelantan, the water level at Sungai Golok in Jenob, Tanah Merah has changed to warning level but the reading of the river at Rantau Panjang still exceeded the danger level.

Sungai Kelantan at the Guillemard Bridge, Tanah Merah was also above the danger level. The level of other rivers were still at warning mark.

In KOTA BARU, State Fire and Rescue Services Department director Azmi Othman said the most affected areas were Pasir Mas, Tumpat, Tanah Merah, Machang and Kuala Krai.

He said they were concentrating their efforts in Pasir Mas and Tumpat that had been hard hit by the floods.

Azmi said that although residents in the area had boats, they have been advised to take precautions because the whole district is located at the estuary of several major rivers.

Mukim Simpangan, which is one of the worst hit area by floods in the state and it has resulted in the closure of roads at KM8 Jalan Chabang Empat and KM3 Jalan Pohon Tanjung.

Meanwhile, the number of flood victims continued to rise in Pahang and victims were moved to 15 relief centres in Kuantan, Rompin and Pekan.

According to the Pahang Police Contingent Headquarters flood operations room spokesman four districts in Pahang were reported to be flooded.

“A total 206 people from Kampung Cenderawasih, Kalong and Sungai Miang were moved to SK Sinar Mutiara in Pekan while Rompin district also opened one relief centre at the Lentang community hall to accommodate 57 people from the Kampung Perpat relief centre which was inundated.


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