KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – The Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) has warned of possible flooding in Kelantan and Terengganu following the continuous rain alert issued by the Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia).
In a statement yesterday, the DID said floods are expected to hit several locations in the Kuala Krai and Tanah Merah in Kelantan if incessant heavy rains occur at the Kelantan River basin.
Floods are also expected to hit Terengganu, most probably involving Besut, Kemaman, Setiu, Hulu Terengganu and its surrounding areas.
“Residents in flood-prone and low-lying areas are advised to be alert to the instructions of the authorities,” it said.
According to the DID, the water level at six river stations in four districts in Terengganu have exceeded the danger level as of 11am yesterday due to the continuous heavy rain since last Wednesday.
Several areas in Kemaman had also been inundated by overflowing river waters, namely in Kampung Teladas, Kampung Air Putih, Kampung Dadong, Kampung Padang Kubu, Kampung Tebak, Kampung Batu 16 and Seberang Jabor.
In Setiu, two rivers had exceeded the danger level, namely Sungai Chalok at 9.14m (surpassing danger level of 8.4m) and Sungai Setiu at 17.84m (danger level at 17.5m), while the water level of Sungai Besut at the Keruak Bridge in Besut exceeded the 35m danger level at 35.11m and Sungai Marang in Marang had reached 2.82m, exceeding danger level of 2.7m.
Six other rivers are on the alert level, namely Sungai Berang, Sungai Peneh and Sungai Telemong in Hulu Terengganu, Sungai Nerus in Kampung Langkap in Setiu, and Sungai Dungun and Sungai Tumpat in Kemaman.
Meanwhile, MetMalaysia director-general Muhammad Helmi Abdullah said the department has issued a continuous rain warning (danger, severe and alert levels) for most states in the peninsula until today.
The states are Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Negeri Sembilan.
As such, he said the public are advised to be alert and prepared for any eventuality.