Over 9,000 evacuated as floods rise in Johor

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KUALA LUMPUR: More than 9,000 people in Johor were evacuated to 93 temporary centres in nine districts across the state after their homes were hit with floods following continuous heavy rainfall.

The districts in question are Mersing, Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Segamat, Pontian, Batu Pahat, Kulai, Johor Bahru and Muar.

As of 8am this morning, a total of 9,151 evacuees had sought shelter at the relief centres, a slight increase from 9,043 recorded at 9.30pm last night.

State Local Government, Urban Well-being and Environment Committee chairman Tan Chen Choon said the evacuees were from 2,475 families.

“Kluang has recorded the highest number of evacuees at 2,666 people from 747 families followed by Kota Tinggi with 2,659 people from 695 families,” he said.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department has issued dangerous weather warnings in Mersing and Kota Tinggi; severe weather warnings for Segamat, Muar, Batu Pahat, Kluang, Pontian, Kulai and Johor Bahru; and an alert warning for Tangkak.

In Kota Tinggi, Jalan Mawai Lama and Jalan Dalam have been closed to traffic while in Mersing, only one lane of Jalan Telok Arong remains open to light vehicles.

In Pahang, the heavy rain since yesterday caused floods in several areas in Rompin, where 1,003 people from 256 families were evacuated to relief centres this morning.

This is opposed to 858 evacuees from 232 families last night.

The centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pianggu recorded the highest number of victims at 284 people from 81 families, followed by SK Sarang Tiong (208 people, 44 families); Kampung Setajam (187 people, 51 families); Rekoh community hall (119 people, 32 families); and Rompin weightlifting hall (44 people, 11 families).

The Sungai Pukin water level was at 44.06m, exceeding the alert level of 44m. More rain is expected today.

In Sarawak, nine people were placed at a temporary evacuation centre at the Suarah hall, Marudi in Miri after their homes in Kampung Padang Kerbau were flooded due to heavy rain and high tide.