News: Floods hit NS, situation in Johor and Malacca worsens

The Star, 9 November 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Residents in Negri Sembilan have are the latest to get hit by floods in the peninsula while the situation in flood-hit Johor and Malacca has taken a turn for the worse.

However, the flood situation was reported to be improving in Selangor and Perak.

In Negri Sembilan, Kampung Keru Hilir in Tampin was flooded by up to one metre following incessant heavy rain overnight and forced 34 people from nine families living there to evacuate.

Tampin Land Office deputy administrator Mohd Amin Ludin said the victims were being sheltered at the kampung’s surau and that all necessary assistance was being rendered.

According to the National Security Council’s flood portal, in Johor, the number of flood victims had increased from 767 people to 1,095 people overnight.

It said four more relief centres had to be opened in the state, two each in Johor Baharu and Kulai Jaya.

Six relief centres in Batu Pahat and one in Ledang are already in operation in Johor.

In Malacca, the number of victims more than doubled overnight, from 61 people to 134 people.

The victims are all in Jasin and are being sheltered in one relief centre.

In Selangor, the number of food victims dropped from 1,012 people last night to 983 people this morning.

All the victims are sheltered at four relief centres in Kuala Langat while three relief centres in Dengkil have been closed and the victims housed there allowed to return to their homes.

In Perak, the number of victims dropped to 134 people from 177 people Thursday night with just one relief centre still operating in Hilir Perak.

So far, no casualty has been reported since floods broke out in the peninsula since six days ago and neither has there been closure of any road.

Meanwhile, the Drainage and Irrigation Department said the water levels at major rivers in Selangor, Johor and Pahang were still above the warning level.

The level of Sungai Langat at Bukit Changgang, Selangor is now at 3.83 metres; Sungai Selangor at Rantau Panjang (7.45m), Sungai Lenik at Batu Pahat, Johor (5.32m) and the Repas Dam in Bentong, Pahang (113.67m).

The department also issued a flood warning for Selangau in Sarawak following the water level at Sungai Selangau B exceeding the danger level of 17.92 metres. – Bernama