Floods in Terengganu worsen, number of victims triple to over 22,000

The Star, 7 Dec 2013

KUALA TERENGGANU: The number of flood victims in Terengganu has risen to 22,706 Saturday evening from 6,758 in the morning.

They include about 15,900 new flood victims who were evacuated to the relief centres, especially in the Kemaman district, following the second wave of flooding Saturday evening.

According to the National Security Council portal, the number of victims in Kemaman as at 3pm was 18,576 (from 4,177 families) compared to 2,450 (595 families) in the morning.

It said heavy rain and the high tide contributed to the floods, forcing more people to be evacuated.

Several villages previously unaffected are now inundated, including Kampung Geliga, Banggol, Gong Pauh and Kampung Besut.

Of the relief centres, Sekolah Menengah Banggol Indah is the most crowded now with 5,012 flood victims from 1,100 families, followed by Sekolah Kebangsaan Geliga with 2,831 victims from 629 families.

The number of flood victims in Dungun district has dropped slightly from 4,101 (1,000 families) to 4,016 (982 families).

In Hulu Terengganu, the number of flood victims at the relief centres remained at 64 (17 families) and also in Marang at 44 (15 families) since morning.

The number in Kuala Terengganu, which experienced flooding Friday evening, remained at six (one family) who are housed at Sekolah Kebangsaan Felda Belara.

Overall, Terengganu recorded the evacuation of 5,192 families with 74 relief centres still in operation.