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Penang recovers slowly from severe floods

Volunteers help to clean up a flood victim's house in Taman Bertam Indah, Kepala Batas yesterday. - Picture courtesy of theSundaily

Volunteers help to clean up a flood victim's house in Taman Bertam Indah, Kepala Batas yesterday. - Picture courtesy of theSundaily

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GEORGE TOWN, Nov 8 2017 : The situation in the flood-affected areas of Penang continued to improve, and the number of evacuees dropped to 3,482 as at 6 am today compared to 5,729 overnight.

A spokesman of the Police Flood Operations Room said the evacuees were being housed at 25 relief centres in Seberang Perai Utara and Seberang Perai Tengah.

“Up to 2,588 evacuees are at 13 relief centred in Seberang Perai Utara and 894 at 12 centres in Seberang Perai Tengah,” he said.

The weather in Penang today is fine, he added.

Bernama conducted a check and found out that people were cleaning their houses with the aid of volunteers.

Several of them expressed the hope that more volunteers would be available to help them as their houses were filled with mud and other sediment.

Almost the whole of Penang was affected by floods following gale-force winds and heavy rain that struck the state from last Saturday, prompting Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to appeal for federal assistance.

The floods claimed seven lives, and the wind and rain damaged property and uprooted trees in several areas.

Meanwhile in SUNGAI PETANI, it was reported that the situation in the flood-hit areas of Kedah continued to improve, and the number of evacuees dropped to 342 as at 8 am today from 373 overnight.

Five relief centres remained open today in three districts, housing the 342 evacuees from 87 families, said Kedah Civil Defence Force director Lt Col (PA) Mohd Zul Khairi Shamsuddin.

He said a relief centre at the hall of Kampung Bujang, Merbok, was closed after the evacuees returned to their homes.

“As of 8 am today, two relief centres were still active in the Kuala Muda district, with six evacuees from three families at the hall of Kampung Sungai Pial in Merbok and 55 evacuees from 13 families at the hall of Taman Setia Budi in Pekula.

“In the Kulim district, two relief centres were in operation, housing 31 evacuees from six families at the surau of Kampung Baru Jemerli in Merbau Pulas and 42 evacuees from 11 families at the surau of Teluk Binu in Sidam Kanan,” he said.

He also said that one relief centre was still open in the Pendang district, with 208 evacuees from 54 families in Mukim Guar Kepayang. – Bernama

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