Malaysia: Perlis on flood alert as two major rivers reach 'warning' levels

ADIE SURI ZULKEFLI New Straits Times 9 Jan 17;

KANGAR: Two rivers in Perlis reached their ‘warning’ level this morning following several hours of continuous downpour yesterday.

As of 6am today, Sungai Jarum’s water level reading was 33.4 metres, 0.1 metre above the warning level, with a rising trend detected.

Sungai Chuchoh also showed a rising trend, with the latest water level measurement at 37.88 metres, which is 0.08 metre above the warning level.

The reading at Sungai Repoh slightly exceeded the normal level of 4 metres, with the current reading at 4.42m.

According to a spokesman for the Perlis Civil Defence Force (APM), there has been no rainfall at most locations across the state since this morning. However, he said relevant authorities will continue to monitor the situation.

Floods continue to recede in T'ganu, 204 evacuees remain in shelters
ZARINA ABDULLAH New Straits Times 9 Jan 17;

KUALA TERENGGANU: Only two relief centres, sheltering 204 victims from 58 families, remain open in two districts here this morning.

The evacuee tally is a decrease from the 251 people registered at three relief centres in Kuala Terengganu and Dungun last night.

As flood waters have been receding, more people were allowed to return home in the early morning.

The state flood watch portal reports that as of 8am today, the worst-hit district of Kuala Terengganu has 126 people from 38 families sheltered at SK Gemuroh, compared to 173 people from 49 families housed at two relief centres last night.

In Dungun, evacuee numbers amount to 78 people from 20 families, all housed at SK Durian Mentangau.

Meanwhile, state Education Department director Shafruddin Ali Hussin said only two primary schools in Kuala Terengganu remain closed due to the flood situation today.

The schools, being used as relief centres, are SK Gemuroh and SK Bukit Guntong. State Health Department head Dr Mohammad Omar said Pasir Akar Dental clinic in Besut and Pelong Clinic in Setiu remain closed due to the floods.

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