News: Floods: More than 4,000 evacuees as rains continue in Johor, S’gor, Perak, Malacca

The Star, November 6, 2012

PETALING JAYA: The number of flood evacuees has risen to more than 4,000 due to continued heavy rains in Johor, Selangor, Perak and Malacca.

The National Security Council, in its website ( said 4,248 evacuees were moved to 30 relief centres Tuesday evening, compared to 3,675 on Monday evening.

Johor continued to be the worst-hit area with 1,979 evacuees, followed by Selangor (1,957), Perak (203) and Malacca (109).

Batu Pahat and Ledang were the worst hit areas in Johor, while Kuala Langat and Sepang was the most affected in Selangor.

Melaka Tengah and Jasin were the areas flooded in Malacca, while Hilir Perak in Perak was also affected.

Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Corporation Sdn Bhd meanwhile said that it had put in place flood mitigation plans following a flash flooding incident near its construction site at Section 16 in Petaling Jaya.

The company’s director of strategic communications and public relations Amir Mahmood Razak said the plans put in place by its contractors, aimed to keep drainage at all its construction sites clear of rubbish to ensure such incidents do not recur.

“We also have our Emergency Response Team (ERT) on standby with machines to monitor all drainage systems local to the sites, and assist DBKL to immediately clear debris, if any, from drains,” said Amir Mahmood in a statement.