Over 12,000 flood victims in Kelantan as numbers continue to rise

Vehicles ford flood waters in Rantau Panjang, Kelantan. (Bernama pic)

KOTA BHARU: The number of flood evacuees in Kelantan rose to 12,468 people from 4,341 families as at 1pm today compared to 10,207 from 3,480 families this morning.

According to the Social Welfare department’s InfoBencana application, Pasir Mas recorded the highest number of flood evacuees with 8,408 people from 3,232 families placed at 29 temporary relief centres.

This was followed by Kuala Krai with 958 evacuees from 231 families at 12 relief centres while in Tumpat, the number of evacuees rose to 909 from 281 families housed at three centres compared with 619 evacuees from 190 families this morning.

Pasir Puteh recorded 826 evacuees from 219 families at eight relief centres while in Kota Bharu, 734 people from 204 families were placed at five centres.

In Tanah Merah, 481 evacuees from 131 families were stationed at nine relief centres while in Machang, 152 people from 43 families were placed at four centres.

In Bachok and Jeli, relief centres were closed and flood evacuees allowed to return to their homes.

The ebanjir.kelantan.gov.my website showed that the level of Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang dropped to 10.57m compared to 10.60m this morning. However, this is still above the 9m danger point.

Sungai Golok in Kuala Jambu which exceeded the danger level rose to 3.29m from 3.28m this morning.

Sungai Kelantan in Kuala Krai and Sungai Kelantan at the Guillemard Bridge breached the alert level at 22.58m and 15.11m respectively.

However, water levels in most major rivers in Kelantan showed a downward trend given the good weather since this morning.

Jalan Sirat, Jalan Bukit Sireh and Kuala Nal in Kuala Krai, Jalan Machang-Pangkal Melerer-Wakaf Bata in Machang and Jalan Pengkalan Rakit, Jalan Bunga Raya and Jalan Panglima Bayu-Rantau Panjang in Pasir Mas have been closed to all vehicles.