Malaysia: Over 1,700 in Sarawak flood relief centres

New Straits Times 12 Feb 16;

KUCHING: The number of flood victims at the eight evacuation centres in Kuching and Serian as at 8am today remained the same as that of last night.

Sarawak Civil Defence Department public relations officer Siti Huzaimah Ibrahim said there were still 1,748 people from 479 families at the centres.

However, she expected some of the relief centres to be closed today when the evacuees returned home as the flood situation was improving.

She said the high tide phenomenon was among the causes of the floods in the affected areas.--BERNAMA

700 flood victims return home in Sarawak
The Star 12 Feb 16;

KUCHING: Nearly 700 flood victims in southern Sarawak have returned to their homes and four relief centres have been closed as water levels begin to recede.

As of 1pm yesterday, 4,837 people from 1,378 families remained at 20 centres in Kuching and four in Serian, compared to 5,533 victims on Wednesday.

Four centres in Bau, which were still open yesterday, closed by the afternoon as the evacuees, totalling 503 from 112 families, were able to return home.

According to the Drainage and Irrigation Department’s InfoBanjir portal, river levels in the state have returned to normal.

Meanwhile, 10 people from two families were still at the flood relief centre at Sekolah Spang Loi in the Segamat district in Johor yesterday.

In Malacca, all of the 44 remaining flood evacuees from 11 families returned to their homes yesterday from the relief centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Belimbing Dalam in Alor Gajah.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim urged flood evacuees to register themselves to ensure that there was a record to facilitate distribution of aid and avert any problems. — Bernama

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