News: Two Negri villages hit by floods

The Star, 10 November 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Two villages in Negri Sembilan have been hit by a metre-high flood, while the situation in flood-hit Johor and Malacca has worsened.

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

No casualties have been reported since floods broke out in the peninsular six days ago.

In Negri Sembilan, Kampung Keru Hilir in Tampin was flooded up to 1m following incessant heavy rain overnight and forced 34 people from nine families to be evacuated to the village surau, said Tampin Land Office deputy administrator Mohd Amin Ludin.

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

In Malacca, the number of victims in Jasin, rose from 61 to 134 overnight.

The number of victims in Selangor dropped from 1,012 on Thursday night to 983 yesterday.

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

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 department also issued a flood warning for Selangau in Sarawak after the water level at Sungai Selangau B exceeded the danger level of 17.92m.

In Kuantan, the state Fire and Rescue Department have identified 116 areas in Pahang which are at risk of floods.

Its deputy director Nazili Mahmood said Peramu, Triang and Kuala Rompin were found to be the most flood-prone areas.

He added that the department had also found 104 roads which were at risk of being cut off during floods or landslides.

In Teluk Intan, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor presented aid to 41 families of flood victims housed at SK Changkat Jong yesterday.

The Prime Minister’s wife, who is Bakti president, met more than 130 flood victims and helped to cook lunch for them.

Rosmah also presented a cheque for RM10,000 on behalf of Bakti to the Association of Wives of Perak Elected Representatives (Baiduri) chairman Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli, who is also wife of Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir.

The money would be used to help the flood victims.