Flood victims in Kelantan top 13,000 as numbers still climb

Many are still seeking shelter at flood relief centres. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of flood evacuees in Kelantan continued to rise this morning, increasing to 13,764 people, although Terengganu registered a decline to 1,856.

In Kelantan, the number of evacuees in Pasir Mas and Tumpat increased to 9,373 at 29 relief centres and 2,290 at seven centres respectively.

In Pasir Puteh, numbers were unchanged at 826 people from 219 families at eight centres. Tanah Merah recorded 321 evacuees from 97 families at seven centres while in Machang, 40 evacuees from 38 families are still seeking shelter at three relief centres.

In Kota Bharu and Kuala Krai, the number of evacuees dropped to 146 from 37 families at two centres and 263 from 65 families at five centres respectively.

The ebanjir.kelantan.gov.my website showed that the Sungai Golok water level at Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas had dropped to 10.32m from 10.39m, still above the danger level of 9m.

In Kuala Jambu, Tumpat, the Sungai Golok water level remained at 3.29m above the danger point of 2.50m. The only river which has breached the alert level is Sungai Kelantan at Guillemard Bridge, Kuala Krai which hit 12.30m against the warning point of 12m.

In Terengganu, the number of evacuees dropped to 1,856 people from 498 families at 34 relief centres this morning, from 2,254 people from 613 families at 50 centres last night.

In Besut, the number of evacuees was reduced to 289 from 77 families at eight centres while in Hulu Terengganu, the number dropped to 137 from 35 families at four centres.

However, in Kuala Nerus, Kuala Terengganu and Setiu, the number of evacuees rose to 494 people from 144 families at six centres, 371 from 94 families at one centre, and 324 from 91 families at 10 centres respectively.

In Dungun, the number of evacuees remained unchanged at 207 from 50 families at four centres while 34 evacuees are still sheltering at a centre in Marang.

According to the Department of Irrigation and Drainage, only Sungai Dungun at Jambatan Jerangau had breached the 12.50m danger point at 13.11m this morning.

In Johor, the number of evacuees at the Batu Pahat relief centre remained unchanged at 52 people from 23 families.

The weather in all three states is reported to be sunny.