NUMBER OF FLOOD EVACUEES CONTINUES TO RISE IN PERAK, SELANGOR

KUALA LUMPUR – The flood situation in Selangor and Perak shows no sign of improvement as the number of evacuees housed in temporary relief centres in both states continues to rise tonight.

According to BERNAMA News Agency, in Selangor, the number of flood evacuees rose to 722 people from 184 families compared with 673 people from 170 families reported this morning. Another relief centre was opened at Dewan Dato Hormat Kampung Seri Cheeding, Jenjarom in Kuala Langat district, accommodating eight people. This brings the total number of relief centres opened in the state to eight as of tonight. The state Drainage and Irrigation Department portal reported that two rivers in Selangor have exceeded the danger level, namely the Sungai Semenyih in Pekan Bangi Lama, Hulu Langat at 17.15 metres and the Sungai Langat in Bukit Changgang, Kuala Langat, measuring 11.38 metres as of 7.30 tonight. Additionally, Sungai Semenyih in Kampung Pasir, Hulu Langat and Sungai Langat in Jenderam Hilir, Sepang have exceeded the warning level at 49.86 metres and 3.95 metres respectively.

In Perak, the state Disaster Management Committee secretariat stated the number of evacuees rose to 310 from 91 families as of tonight, up from 299 people from 87 families in the morning. They are housed at four relief centres in Hilir Perak and Kerian districts. The number of evacuees in Hilir Perak has increased to 156 people from 48 families at the Padang Tembak multipurpose hall. The Majlis Perbandaran Teluk Intan hall, while not housing evacuees currently, has not been officially closed. In Kerian, the number of evacuees remained unchanged at 97 people from 24 families at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Changkat Lobak, and 57 people from 19 families at the centre at SK Alor Pongsu.

The state Drainage and Irrigation Department noted that the water level in Sungai Bidor in Changkat Jong was at a danger level, at 4.08 metres, while the water in Sungai Kinta at Weir Tanjung Tualang was at the alert level, at 13.09 metres. The state Public Works Department announced that the FT 147 route Jalan Selama in Kerian was closed to all vehicles due to a landslide, suggesting Jalan Pintasan Alor Pongsu-Bukit Merah as an alternative route.