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A villager using a ‘sampan’ boat to rescue a refrigerator from flooded homes in Kampung Rantau Panjang, Batu Kawa in Kuching, Sarawak, on January 13, 2021. — Picture by BERNAMA

Floods worsen in Sarawak, ease off in Peninsula

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — Sarawak today saw a three-fold increase in the number of flood evacuees but relatively fine weather is enabling the floods in the peninsula to ease off.

On the third day of floods in six districts in Sarawak, the number of evacuees swelled to 4,222 at 49 relief centres.

A report of the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee said that as of 8am, 2,159 evacuees were at 19 relief centres in the Kuching district; 1,014 evacuees at 10 centres in Serian; 706 evacuees at 11 centres in Bau; 211 evacuees at five centres in Kota Samarahan; 103 at two centres in Simunjan and 29 evacuees at two centres in Miri.

In SABAH, the number of evacuees increased to 761 as of 8am, up from 712 yesterday afternoon.

The Sabah Disaster Management Committee Secretariat, in a statement, said all the evacuees were being housed at 11 relief centres in five districts, namely Kota Marudu, Pitas, Beaufort, Lahad Datu and Paitan.

In PAHANG in the peninsula, all the 69 evacuees in the Raub district, including 23 Tahfiz students, returned to their homes yesterday, and the three relief centres were closed.

Nevertheless, the Social Welfare Department InfoBencana portal reported that the number of evacuees in the state as of 8am stood at 7,992, housed at 102 relief centres in seven districts.

Pekan district recorded the highest number of evacuees, at 3,317, followed by Maran (1,903), Kuantan (878), Temerloh (792), Bera (715), Lipis (353) and Jerantut (34).

In JOHOR, the number of evacuees dropped to 784 as of 8am, down from 892 yesterday.

According to the State Health and Environment Committee chairman R Vidyananthan, all the evacuees are being accommodated at 10 relief centres in five districts.

The Kota Tinggi district, he said, still had the highest number of evacuees – 525 at five relief centres – followed by Johor Bahru (116 at two centres); Kluang (50 at one centre); Segamat (76 at one centre) and Batu Pahat (17 at one centre).

— Bernama

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