Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sarawak hardest hit by floods

Boat passengers had to use the old jetty which could give out anytime soon to cross over to Kampung Seberang Takir in Terengganu. Pix by Rozainah Zakaria.

The overall situation in the four flood-hit states in the country did not change very much as at 6pm today, with Sarawak still having the highest number of flood victims.

A total of 7,592 flood victims, involving 1,632 families were evacuated to 20 relief centres in the state so far.

In KUCHING, the spokesman at the state's flood operations room said 20 low-lying areas in four districts in Sarawak were badly affected by the floods which occurred following heavy rains and high-tide phenomenon over the past three days.

"The most affected areas are in Kampung Simpok in Kuching involving 1,610 residents, Sadong Jaya in Samarahan (1,302), Ulu Balingian in Sibu (424) and Pantu in Sri Aman (74)," he said.

The spokesman also anticipated that the number of flood victims would continue to rise later tonight.

In SANDAKAN, a spokesman at the Sandakan Municipal Council's flood operations room said the number of flood victims evacuated to relief centres as at 5pm had increased to 351 as compared to 194 recorded at 9am.

He said 101 families from Kampung Gum-Gum had also been evacuated to Dewan Sri Gum-Gum.

In BELURAN, Kampung Pinampadan in Paitan had also been inundated by flood waters, but none of the residents were evacuated as at 6pm.

The residents in Kampung Tangkarason, Tanjung Nipis and Simpangan had also been alerted to be prepared for evacuation if the water level at the main river in the village continue to rise to the danger level.

In ROMPIN, the number of flood victims sheltered at relief centres in the district dropped slightly to 567 people as compared to 619 this morning.

A spokesman at the Rompin police headquarters flood operations room said the relief centre in Dewan Teluk Gading was closed at 3.30pm after the remaining 52 flood victims returned to their home today.

He said 430 victims were still being sheltered at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Pianggu, while 137 others at SK Sarang Tiong.

"They still have to take shelter at the relief centres as the high-tide phenomenon still persist in their villages," he said when contacted here.

Among the villages badly affected by the phenomenon were Kampung Sarang Tiong, Kampung Pianggu, Kampung Setajam and Kampung Garung.

In JOHOR, a total of 1,177 flood victims were still being sheltered at relief centres in three districts in the state as compared to 1,214 this morning.

According to the National Security Council's website, the victims were sheltered at 17 relief centres, eight of which were in Segamat, six in Mersing and three in Batu Pahat.

The road to Kampung Orang Asli Peta in the Endau Rompin National Park, which was cut off due to flooding earlier, is now accessible to all vehicles

Read more: Sarawak hardest hit by floods - Top News - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/top-news/sarawak-hardest-hit-by-floods-1.24419#ixzz1hkd3Luq2

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