More evacuated in Sabah, while situation remains the same in Sarawak, improves in Pahang

More evacuated in Sabah, while situation remains the same in Sarawak, improves in Pahang
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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 19): More people have been evacuated in Sabah, while in Sarawak, there is no change in the number of flood victims since last night. In Pahang, more of the evacuees have returned home.

In Sabah, the number of flood victims increased to 895 people from 258 families as of 8am today, compared with 836 people from 237 families last night.

The Sabah Disaster Management Committee Secretariat, in a statement today, said all the victims were housed at 16 relief centres  (PPS) in nine districts.

The districts were Kota Belud, with 264 evacuees at four PPS, followed by: Beaufort (142 evacuees); Tuaran (106); Kota Kinabalu (101); Tenom (75); Penampang (69); Putatan (49); Paitan (48); and Papar (41).

According to the statement, a PPS that was opened in Tuaran, at the Kampung Bunga Tenghilan Mosque, was closed yesterday afternoon after the situation was restored and all the evacuees were allowed to return home.

Overall, the floods affected 230 villages and there was an increase in the trend of evacuation of flood victims, apart from the rain still falling this morning, including in Kota Belud and Beaufort, with bad and alert weather warnings having been issued for some districts in Sabah, it said.

In Sarawak, the PPS in the Serian district was still operating as at 8am today with 325 flood victims.

The victims were at the PPS at Sekolah Kebangsaan Tanah Puteh, which was the only centre still opened as the state recovered from the flood.

 Six districts in Sarawak were hit by floods last Wednesday due to heavy rains and high tide phenomena that occurred simultaneously, before the situation began to ease last Friday.

In Pahang, the Social Welfare Department’s Info Bencana reported that only three districts were still affected by the floods, but the number of victims at the relief centres was declining.

Kuantan recorded the highest number of victims this morning, with 380 people at two PPS, followed by Pekan (298 people at four PPS) and Maran (22 people at two PPS).

The portal reports that the water level at all rivers in Pahang wasnormal, except for Sungai Jelai in Lipis which exceeded the danger level and Sungai Pahang in Serambi, Pekan, which was at the warning level.