Floods: Over 28,000 evacuees at 137 relief centres in five states

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of flood evacuees housed at 137 relief centres in five states rose to 28,032 on Thursday (Dec 28) morning from 25,763 the night before.

The latest report issued by the National Disaster Management Agency’s command centre showed that Kelantan still had the highest number of evacuees: 21,377 at 68 relief centres in five districts, up from 19,423 at 8pm Wednesday (Dec 27).

According to the report, 37 relief centres were opened in Pasir Mas housing 18,289 people, 19 in Kuala Krai (1,136 people), five each in Tanah Merah (327 people) and Tumpat (1,507 people), as well as two in Gua Musang (118 people) as at 6am Thursday.

In Terengganu, the number of evacuees rose to 6,289 at 59 relief centres in the morning compared to 5,983 at 60 centres the previous night in Dungun, Hulu Terengganu, Kemaman, Kuala Terengganu, Marang and Setiu.

The number of evacuees in Pahang rose to 214 Thursday morning from 206 last night, all of them at five relief centres in Jerantut, Kuantan, Lipis and Cameron Highlands.

The report said a relief centre in Cameron Highlands was opened to accommodate 87 people who were evacuated from their homes due to a landslide.

In Sabah, 31 evacuees were being housed at two relief centres in Pitas as at 6am, a slight increase from 30 people at 8pm Wednesday.

In Johor, the number of evacuees remained unchanged at 121 at three relief centres in the Mersing and Segamat districts.

Meanwhile, the levels of four rivers in Kelantan – Sungai Kelantan in Pasir Mas, Sungai Golok in Tumpat, Sungai Golok in Pasir Mas and Sungai Kelantan in Kota Baru – were at the danger point.

In Terengganu, the levels of Sungai Kemaman, Sungai Dungun and Sungai Terengganu were also at the danger point. – Bernama