PETALING JAYA: Following continuous heavy rain, Sarawak saw the number of flood victims who were forced to evacuate from their homes increase to 1,136, from the 363 recorded last night.
The state disaster management committee said that 18 relief centres had opened up as of this morning, up from seven last night, involving the districts of Kuching, Bau, Sebuyau, Samarahan, Betong, Serian, Gedong dan Simunjan, Bernama reported.
One centre, Dewan Kampung Koran Mawang in Serian was opened to house 57 people who were the victims of a landslide.
Meanwhile, in Sabah, the number of evacuees at SJKC Chung Hwa, Kota Belud rose to 78, up from 68 last night.
Following the high tide phenomena, more flood victims have been evacuated, especially those living in stilt houses, with the number at 573 this morning compared with 276 last night.
A total of 528 victims were transferred to six relief centres in Pitas while 45 victims were taken to a centre in Kota Kinabalu.
In Perak, the state disaster management committee said that the number of flood victims also increased slightly to 69 as of 8am compared with 65 victims last night, and they have all been given shelter at two relief centres, one in Hilir Perak and the other in Bagan Datuk.
There has, however, been some good news in the east coast as the number of flood victims dropped in both Terengganu and Kelantan.
In Terengganu, the state disaster management committee secretariat reported that the number of people taking shelter in 112 relief centres in eight districts namely in Kuala Terengganu, Kemaman, Besut, Dungun, Marang, Hulu Terengganu, Setiu and Kuala Nerus, has decreased to 15,243 victims compared with 20,552 victims last night.
In Kelantan, the number of flood victims in 48 relief centres in Pasir Mas, Tanah Merah, Pasir Puteh, Tumpat and Bachok dropped to 17,298 from 17,398 last night.