Malaysia floods: Waters receding in all affected states

The Star 9 Dec 13;

KUALA LUMPUR: The flood situation in several states are improving, including in Terengganu where several major roads in the state have been re-opened to traffic.

The state Public Works Department reported that the main roads, namely Kuala Terengganu-Kuantan, Jerangau-Jabor Highway and Jalan Pantai could be used by all vehicles.

The state Drainage and Irrigation Department reported that water levels at all major rivers in Terengganu were below the warning level.

The number of flood victims at relief centres in the state was also decreasing, with only 15,876 people still at the centres, compared to 22,617 earlier in the day.

According to the National Security Council (MKN) portal, they comprised 3,475 families at 45 relief centres in six districts in the state, including Dungun, Kemaman, Kuala Terengganu and Marang.

Kemaman recorded the highest number of victims who had returned home at 7,534 people this evening, as compared to 13,335 people who were still staying in relief centres.

Prior to this, Kemaman recorded the highest number of flood victims at relief centres, namely 19,869 people from 4,901 families.

In Dungun, the number of flood victims also went down, with 2,512 people still at relief centres this evening, compared to 2,719 people in the morning.

In Kuala Terengganu, six victims from a family were still staying at the relief centre in SK Felda Belara, and in the district of Marang, the situation remained the same with 23 victims form eight families still staying at the relief centre in SK Pasir Puteh.

In JOHOR BARU, only seven relief centres were still open in Segamat in the evening, with 449 victims from 114 families.

The centres were Balai Raya Kampung Sanglang, Balai Raya Kampung Tandong, SK Kampung Spang Loi, Balai Raya Gemereh IV (Batu Badak), Balai Raya Kampung Gemereh III, Balai Raya Pogoh 2 and Sekolah Agama Kampung Kuala Paya.

The Linau Kechil community hall in Batu Pahat and the Parit Stan community hall in Pontian which were opened this morning, were closed and all flood victims were allowed to return home.

In PAHANG, the number of flood victims placed at relief centres in the state had gone down to 32,189 people, while all relief centres in Raub were closed as floods in the district had fully receded.

According to police, all 137 flood victims at seven relief centres in Raub were allowed to go home this afternoon.

"As of 5pm, 32,189 flood victims from 9,879 families were still at 132 centres in eight districts which were affected by flood," a spokesman told Bernama.

Kuantan has the dubious honour of having the most number of flood victims at 26,397 people in 34 relief centres.

In Pekan, there were still 3,182 victims at 34 relief centres, Temerloh (1,049/23 centres), Maran (839/17 centres), Jerantut (456/10 centres), Bera (170/seven centres), Lipis (60/five centres) and Rompin (36/two centres).

Meanwhile, several main roads were still closed to all vehicles, among others, at Km14 Jalan Temerloh-Bahau and Jalan Jerantut-Kuala Lipis (Kampung Sepial). - Bernama

Floods: Further improvement in Johor
Kathleen Ann Kili The Star 10 Dec 13;

JOHOR BARU: The flood situation in the state has steadily improved, with relief centres in most affected districts shutting down except in Segamat, at 6am Tuesday.

A spokesman from the state flood operations centre said only seven relief centres in Segamat remained open for 301 victims from 71 families.

He added that with two other relief centres closed in Segamat, the victims seeking shelter there had dropped by approximately 38% compared with Monday.

"Many of the victims from several affected districts have returned home and started conducting restoration and cleanup works at their respective homes.

"If the weather remains sunny like the past two days, we are confident that more centres will be closed by today (Tuesday)," he said when contacted.

He also said state Welfare department did not report of any food or water shortage for victims at the districts hit by the floods throughout the past week.