Heavy rain continues, over 38,000 flood victims at relief centres in Pahang

The Star, 7 Dec 2013

KUANTAN: Heavy rain continued since early Saturday, while the number of flood evacuees at the 116 relief centres in Pahang reached a total of 38,235 at 1.30pm.

A spokesman for the flood operations room, state police contingent headquarters, said the people were advised to be alert in this weather condition.

“Kuantan still has the highest number of flood evacuees at 32,871 who are housed at 38 relief centres,” he told Bernama, on Saturday.

In Rompin, 172 victims are housed at four relief centres, Pekan 3,439 (at 25 relief centres), Maran 183 (five), Jerantut 519 (10), Lipis 53 (four), Temerloh 884 (22) and Bera 114 (eight).

Meanwhile, several main roads are still closed to traffic after being inundated up to more than a metre.

Among the affected stretches are Km28 Jalan Sungai Lembing-Kuantan, Km72 Jalan Kuantan-Segamat and Km14 Jalan Temerloh-Bahau.

Police are asking residents to follow orders from the authorities to evacuate when the need arises.

“We fear that the incessant rain will cause more flooding in low-lying areas while floods may recur in areas where the waters have subsided,” the spokesman said. – Bernama