Malaysia: Hundreds displaced by floods in Perak, Malacca

Bernama New Straits Times 31 Mar 17;

IPOH: Two relief centres were opened in the Perak districts of Larut, Matang and Selama, about 70 kilometres from here, following flash floods due to a non-stop downpour since Wednesday evening.

According to a statement from the Perak Disaster Management Committee secretariat, 118 people from 29 families affected by the floods were at the relief centres.

The statement said 96 people were placed at Surau Kelip-Kelip Kampung Dew, while 22 are at Surau Ar-Rahmahniah.

A survey of victims at the Kampung Dew relief centre found that most residents did not have time to move their belongings.

Kampung Air Puteh village headman, Rosli Ishak, 56, said floodwaters began entering their homes at 7pm on Wednesday after heavy rainfall caused Sungai Sepetang to overflow.

In Malacca, the number of flood victims increased to 154 from 19 families in Alor Gajah, compared to 54 people yesterday evening.

Malacca state Disaster Management Committee secretariat Lt Col. Effendy Ali said the victims were evacuated to two flood relief centres, namely Masjid Kampung Panchor and Balai Raya Kampung Panchor. -- BERNAMA