KOTA BHARU, Nov 28 2017 : The first wave of floods in Kelantan has worsened when 1,729 people were evacuated as at 8am compared to 1,078 at 9pm last night.
All flood victims were housed at 29 temporary flood relief centres (PPS) opened in seven districts namely Kota Bharu, Pasir Mas, Tanah Merah, Pasir Puteh, Kuala Krai, Machang and Bachok
According to infobanjir application of the Welfare Department, Kota Bahru recorded the highest number of evacuees involving 624 victims from 176 families sheltered at five PPS, while in Pasir Mas, 417 victims from 125 families were housed at 11 PPS.
Continuous rain, occasionally heavy since last night also saw 274 victims from 89 families placed at three evacuation centres in Pasir Puteh while 189 people from 50 families sought shelter at three PPS in Machang.
Apart from that, 138 victims from 34 families were housed at five PPS in Tanah Merah while 81 victims from 22 families were placed at one centre in Bachok and six victims from two families were housed at one relief centre in Kuala Krai.
According to Irrigation and Drainage Department (JPS) portal, infobanjir.water.gov.my, Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas had breached its danger level of 9.0 metres and its water level was rising to 10.06 metres at 7am compared to 9.68 metres at 9pm last night.
Meanwhile in Kuala Terengganu, the floods which hit the state following three days of heavy rain have sent 936 people from 308 families to 32 evacuation centres in five districts as at 7 am today.
According to the State Disaster Management Committee secretariat, the Hulu Terengganu district was the worst-affected, with 515 people from 198 families at 20 relief centres.
Setiu had 185 people from 47 families at five relief centres, Dungun had 138 people from 38 families at four centres, Marang had 59 people from 14 families at two centres and Besut had 39 people from 11 families at one centre, it said.
The publicinfobanjir.water.gov.my website stated that as at 8 am today, the level of several rivers had breached the danger level, namely Sungai Telemong in Kuala Ping, Hulu Terengganu, (at 20 metres); Sungai Nerus in Langkap, Setiu, (22.12 metres) and Sungai Marang at the Pengkalan Berangan Bridge, Marang, (3 metres).
The situation is expected to worsen due to heavy rainfall in several areas since early today. – Bernama