KUANTAN, Dec 18 2019 : Pahang police have urged the public not to share pictures of previous flood episodes and unverified information on the current flood situation in the state.
Pahang police chief Datuk Abd Jalil Hassan said the spread of fake news can cause undue worry and anxiety among the public, especially residents of areas mentioned in the unverified messages.
“If they receive information on burst dams, overflowing rivers or collapsed roads, we ask that they verify them with the police first, and not immediately share it on social media or WhatsApp groups.
“We will then verify the information. In Pahang, there have been reports of a burst dam. There is no such thing, everything is running smoothly and the authorities and field experts are constantly on the watch, especially during the monsoon season,” he told reporters when met at the Pahang police contingent headquarters’ monthly gathering here today.
He also advised flood evacuees not to waste time when packing up, adding that they should only take along important documents and valuables.
Meanwhile, the overall flood situation in some areas of Johor and Pahang recorded a slight change this morning.
In JOHOR, the number of evacuees increased slightly as nine were evacuated to temporary relief centres (PPS) today, a total of 5,367 people from 1,466 families compared to 5,358 people last night.
Johor Local Government, Urban Wellbeing and Environment Committee chairman Tan Chen Choon said all the evacuees were taking shelter at 65 PPS in seven districts namely Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Kulai, Pontian, Batu Pahat and Segamat.
“Kluang is the most affected area with 1,722 evacuees and Segamat with 1,197 people. However, Kluang has shown a downward trend, but Segamat has increased slightly,” he said in a statement today.
He said the three stretches of roads in Kota Tinggi which were Kilometer (KM) 43 Lok Heng-Mawai Road, KM 72/73 Johor Bahru-Mersing Road and Felda Aping Timur Road were still closed to all vehicles due to flooding.
In Mersing, two stretches, namely KM 59 Johor Bahru-Mersing Road and KM 70 Johor Bahru-Mersing Road, are open to heavy vehicles only, he said.
In PAHANG, the number of evacuees in Temerloh, Bera and Rompin remained unchanged, with 1,049 people from 268 families are still staying in 13 temporary relief centres in the three areas.
According to the Social Welfare Department disaster info portal, Rompin recorded the highest number of evacuees with 980 people out of 253 families being placed in seven PPS in the area.
Pahang Civil Defence Force (APM) through its media release reports said the water level of the Lepar River in Kuantan is now above the warning level while six more rivers are on alert.
In the meantime, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) issued a warning with heavy rainfall expected to hit Kelantan and Terengganu as well as several districts in Pahang and Sabah from today until tomorrow. – Bernama