Flood situation in Sarawak worsens, improves in Johor and Malacca


The flood situation has worsened in Sarawak but improved in Johor and Malacca. In Sarawak, the total number of flood evacuees in Kuching and Bau has risen to 1,065 from 253 families this morning as against 765 from 175 families last night.

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Sarawak Civil Service Department (JPAM) public relations officer Siti Huzaimah Ibrahim, in a statement, said two more relief centres were opened in Kuching, bringing the total to nine.

She said one more relief centre was also opened in Bau at Surau Dahrul Idayah last night, bringing to four the number of evacuation centres there to accommodate the victims.

However, she added that the relief centre at Dewan Serbaguna Taman Malihah, about 20km from Kuching, saw the number of evacuees drop to just 66 compared with 469 last night.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said aid was extended to victims promptly despite logistical difficulties at some relief centres.

She told Bernama that Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who visited the Dewan Serbaguna Taman Malihah relief centre, was very satisfied with relief efforts.

Fatimah congratulated and thanked all staff and volunteers involved in relief efforts.

In Johor, the total number of flood victims in Tangkak and Segamat dropped slightly, from 137 last night to 135 this morning. They are being sheltered at four relief centres.

According to the state Disaster Management Committee, the 135 people were from 35 families and the affected areas were Kampung Awat and Kampung Spang Loi in Segamat, while in Tangkak, they were from Kampung Seberang Gajah, Kampung Sialang, Kampung Tanjung Laboh and Seri Makmur.

In Malacca, Malacca JPAM director Lt Kol Effendy Ali said the total number of evacuees at two relief centres in Alor Gajah dropped to 189 from 47 families at 8am today compared with 280 people from 69 families last night.

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