Thursday, July 18

Floods worsen in Pahang


UNDER WATER: Jalan Kuantan-Pekan near Kampung Gudang Rasau and Kolej Islam Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah (KIPSAS) was closed to all traffic due to the floods yesterday. — Bernama photo

KUANTAN: The flood situation in Pahang has worsened with more than 5,000 people in Flood Relief Centres (FRCs) in four districts yesterday morning.

A spokesman at the Pahang police headquarters said the four districts were  Rompin, Kuantan, Pekan and Maran.

“In Rompin 2,595 victims from 23 kampungs have been placed in six FRCs,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

He said in Pekan, six kampungs were inundated forcing 341 people to move to FRCs.

In Kuantan, 23 kampungs were affected causing 1,824 victims to be relocated to 23 FRCs.

In Maran, nine kampungs were hit resulting in 633 victims having to take shelter in seven FRCs.

The situation is expected to worsen further following incessant rain since the past two days.

The spokesman also said that the Sungai Charu bridge at Km28 Jalan Sungai Lembing-Kuantan was closed to all traffic after the water level rose to nearly one metre at the stretch.

In Terengganu, the situation in the flood-hit district of Kemaman also took a turn for the worse, with 121 families involving 452 victims placed in FRCs this morning as compared to just 20 victims last night.

According to the National Security Council portal, 13 FRCs had been opened thus far in the district.

The portal also said two roads in the district had been closed to all traffic due to the floods, namely Jalan Kampung Teladas and Jalan Paya Seratus  while Jalan Jerangau-Jabor is closed to light vehicles.

In Johor, the number of flood victims rose to 4,765 from 1,018 families yesterdauy morning, as compared to 1,035 people from 306 families last night.

Mersing recorded the highest number of victims at 4,247 followed by Segamat (402), Kluang (85) and Kota Tinggi (31). According the National Security Council portal, 18 FRCs had been opened in Mersing as of 11am yesterday, six in Segamat, two in Kluang and one in Kota Tinggi.

Meanwhile, Shahrul Hassan, 43, a motorist, told Bernama that Km32 and Km35 of Jalan Mersing-Kota Tinggi were still flooded and only passable to heavy vehicles.

No casualties have been reported due to the floods in Johor thus far. — Bernama