More flood victims evacuated to relief centres


KOTA BAHARU: More flood victims have been evacuated to relief centres in Kelantan.

HAVING FUN IN FLOODWATERS: A father watching his children playing in the floodwaters at Kampung Lubuk Gong. — Bernama photo

Yesterday morning the number of flood victims in the state sheltered at relief centres stood at 376 people but by afternoon the figure had risen to 866 people.

A spokesman at the Flood Operations Room at the Kelantan police headquarters here said so far 13 flood relief centres had been opened in five districts, namely Kota Baharu, Bachok, Pasir Mas, Tanah Merah and Pasir Puteh.

“Though the weather was mainly sunny today, intermittent rain and prolonged moderate rain before today had caused flood water levels to rise.

“The 866 victims are from 298 families and have been placed in six relief centres in Pasir Mas, three in Kota Baharu, two in Tanah Merah and one each in Bachok and Pasir Puteh,” he told Bernama.

The water level at Sungai Golok still remains at 9.9 metres, 0.9 metres abover the danger level while other major rivers in the state are at the alert level.

In Rantau Panjang, the Royal Ranger Regiment’s Fifth Battalion commanding officer Lt Col Jafri Sulaiman said border patrols by its members were proceeding as normal despite the Sg Golok having overflowed its banks at certain points (the river also serves as the border between Malaysia and Thailand here).

“Only Pos Ibrahim Pencen here was inundated forcing the five personnel at it to be evacuated to another border post,” he told reporters when met at a flood relief operation mounted by members of the battalion at Kampung Banggol Setol here.

In Kuala Terengganu, a National Security Council spokesman said the flood evacuees situation in Terengganu had improved with the number of evacuees dropping from 1,638 persons this morning to 1,093 persons in the afternoon.

However, he said the overall flood situation had deteriorated with all districts in the state except for Kuala Terengganu hit by floods and expected the number of evacuees to rise again. — Bernama