KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The second wave of floods ravaging the country has worsened, sending 58,705 people in six states to evacuation centres as of yesterday morning.
A headcount showed that Kelantan had the most number of evacuees, at 24,765, followed by Terengganu (21,606); Pahang (10,825); Perak (1,030); Sabah (336) and Perlis (143).
In Kelantan, the number of evacuees rose by 3,164 overnight from 21,601, forcing the opening of 18 more relief centres to take the total to 114 yesterday.
Twenty-three roads in eight districts remain closed to traffic. Seventeen of these roads are closed to all vehicles and six, to light vehicles.
The floods in Kelantan have claimed four lives since Dec 16.
In Terengganu, 8,977 more people were evacuated overnight, raising to 21,606 the number of victims in the state. Kemaman is the worst-affected district, with 12,699 evacuees.
The high-tide phenomenon has been blamed for the big number of evacuations, particularly along the coastal areas, according to the portal of the Terengganu National Security Council.
The levels of several major rivers in Terengganu are reported to have exceeded the danger point. The level of Sungai Dungun at the Jerangau Bridge was 14.21 metres (danger point 12.50 metres); at Kuala Jengai, 26.33 metres (21 metres); at Pasir Raja, 38.62 metres (37.50 metres).
In Pahang, 4,539 people in eight districts were moved to relief centres yesterday morning, taking the total number of evacuees in the state to 10,825.
A spokesman of the Pahang Police flood operations room said Kuantan was the district with the most number of evacuees, at 6,231, being housed at 31 relief centres.
In Perak, the districts of Hulu Perak and Kuala Kangsar are among the worst affected in the state. Up to 1,030 people in the two districts have been moved to relief centres.
A spokesman of the Perak National Security Council said the number of evacuees in Kuala Kangsar had risen to 823 from 142 overnight.
Nevertheless, the relief centre at the Kampung Tasek community hall has been closed and all the 23 evacuees were allowed to return to their homes in Kampung Tasek Hulu Seberang where the floodwaters have receded.
Gerik Fire and Rescue Service operations chief Azizul Aswad Asaris said the East-West Highway between Gerik and Jeli has been closed to all vehicles following a landslide on Tuesday night at Km63 near the Titiwangsa rest area.
In Sabah, the number of evacuees in Beaufort has risen to 336 from 268 overnight. However, floodwaters in Tenom have receded.
A spokesman of the Beaufort District operations room said the evacuees in Beaufort were being housed at a community hall.
In Perlis, the number of evacuees from Beseri, Padang Melangit and Tasoh rose to 143 from 104 on Tuesday night.