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LAST_UPDATEMon, 23 Apr 2018 1am

Floods: Situation Appears To Be Steadying In Johor

JOHOR BAHRU — The flood situation in Johor improved slightly with 1,374 people in shelters at midday as compared to 1,395 people in the morning.

State Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee chairman  Datuk Ayub Rahmat in a statement here said  103 evacuees from  22 families were still at four flood relief centres (FRCs)  in Segamat; 1,239 victims from 347 families in eight FRCs in Mersing  (1,395 people/ 376 families in the morning) and 31 people from seven families in one FRC in Kota Tinggi.

He said  Sekolah Kebangsaan Punan in Kluang still could not reopen (for the afternoon session) because of the floodwaters which cut access to the school.

He added that Jalan Telok Arung in Mersing was still closed due to a landslide and advised motorists to use  Jalan Tanjung Resang-Jalan Mersing or  Endau-Jalan Air Papan as alternatives.

Access to Kampung Batu 7 in Jementah, Segamat was also cut off due to floodwaters.

In SARAWAK,   the number of flood evacuees being sheltered at   Dewan Kampung Lutong, Sebangan in Sebuyau, about 100km from here, increased slightly to 98 people from 27 families as compared to  96 people from  25 families last night.

The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department operations room said the area was still inundated under one metre of water but there were signs that the floodwaters would be subsiding.

The situation eased somewhat in PAHANG  with the number of evacuees dropping to 1,649 people as compared to 1,672 people  in  the morning. They are being sheltered at 17 FRCs in the districts of Pekan,  Rompin and  Kuantan.

According, to the Welfare Department’s food portal Infobanjir, the number of evacuees in Pekan dropped to 1,299 people as compared 1,316 in the morning.  They are at 11 FRCs.

In Rompin, 294 people remain at four FRCs while in Kuantan the situation was unchanged with 56 people in two shelters.

However, all the  nine evacuees sheltered at Masjid Jamek Kuala Semantan in Rabu were allowed to return to their homes after floodwaters subsided.

In PUTRAJAYA, Drainage and Irrigation Department director-general Datuk  Dr Md Nasir Md Noh said a flood mitigation project was expected to commence in Rompin next year.

The department was awaiting an allocation to start the project, he told reporters when met at the Nature Fun Ride 2018 organised by the Natural Resources and Environment  Ministry.

The event which drew 1,440 participants was flagged off by the ministry’s deputy minister Datuk  Dr Hamim Samuri.

-- BERNAMA