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Floods worsen in Terengganu; more evacuees also in Kelantan

For children, the floods  are a good time to have fun.

For children, the floods are a good time to have fun.

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Number of evacuees in Terengganu up to 4,352 from 3,255; up to 5,245 in Kelantan from 4,208

KUALA TERENGGANU — January 3, 2017: The flood situation in Terengganu worsened later today, with the number of evacuees hitting 4,352 as at 9pm from 3,255 earlier.

The number of evacuees in Kelantan rose to 5,245 people from 1,733 families at 5pm today compared to 4,208 people from 1,452 families at noon.

According to the Terengganu welfare services department’s Infobanjir application, 1,372 families were now at 77 relief centres in six districts.

Hulu Terengganu recorded the highest number of evacuees, with 1,845 at 24 relief centres, followed by Besut with 1,476 at 23 centres, Setiu with 443, Kemaman 299 and Marang 30.

In Pasir Mas, Kelantan Federal Action Council chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed described the flooding, especially in Rantau Panjang, as unusual and unexpected.

He said the government’s initial assessment from December 25 to 27 had found the situation to be not alarming but later the opposite occurred.

It is due to continuous heavy rain the last few days and worsened by the floods in Narathiwat, Mustapa said after visiting evacuees at SK Sri Kiambang in Kampung Tiang Chandi here.

Mustapa advised people not to park their vehicles by the roadside as it will cause traffic congestion and undermine efforts to rescue victims.  — Bernama

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