‘Danger’ weather warning in Mersing, Kota Tinggi

Kampung Lampijas in Membakut, Sabah, which has been affected by floods since Tuesday. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has upgraded its weather warning alert for Mersing and Kota Tinggi in Johor from yellow to red (danger level), with continuous heavy rainfall forecast in both districts until tomorrow.

It said an orange-level severe weather warning has also been issued for Rompin in Pahang and seven areas in Johor – Segamat, Muar, Batu Pahat, Kluang, Pontian, Kulai and Johor Bahru.

A yellow (alert) level weather warning has also been issued for Pekan in Pahang and Tangkak in Johor.

During this period, strong winds of up to between 40 and 50kph are expected over the coastal areas of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, east Johor and Sarawak with waves reaching 3.5m high.

This can cause sea water to overflow into estuaries and coastal areas, the department said in a statement.

Meanwhile, 171 people from 45 families in Mersing and Kota Tinggi in Johor have moved to temporary relief centres after their homes were hit by floods following heavy rain.

Local Government, Urban Well-being and Environment Committee chairman Tan Cheng Choon said the affected areas in Mersing are Kampung Tenglu, Kampung Sri Lumpur, Kampung Air Papan, Kampung Sungai Padang and Kampung Air Tawar.

In Kota Tinggi, the affected areas are Kampung Bukit and Kampung Tengah, he said in a statement today.

In Beaufort, Sabah, 448 people from 160 families were still sheltered at the temporary relief centre at Dewan Selagon last night.

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department said 17 villages in Beaufort and Membakut had been affected by floods since Tuesday.