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Floods: Number of evacuees in Sabah rises, situation improves in Pahang, Sarawak

18 Jan 2021 / 11:44 H.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18: The number of evacuees in Sabah continues to rise, while the situation in Pahang and Sarawak is improving with the number of people housed at relief centres (PPS) on the decline.

As at 8 this morning, a total of 3,809 evacuees are still housed in PPS in three states.

In Sabah, the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) said that the number of evacuees increased to 673 people from 194 families compared with 407 people from 106 families reported last night, with all of them accommodated in 15 PPS statewide.

Nine districts have been hit by floods with Kota Belud recording the highest number of evacuees at 210 people, Tuaran (112); Kota Kinabalu (101); Paitan (73); Beaufort (78); Penampang (76); and Putatan (23) while no evacuees reported in Kuala Penyu and Sipitang.

It also said that a total of 186 villages have been affected and more people are expected to be evacuated as bad weather warnings have been issued for several places in the state.

In Sarawak, there are only five PPS in Serian still operating which house 569 people.

According to Sarawak JPBN, PPS in Sekolah Kebangsaan Tanah Puteh recorded the highest number of evacuees at 341 people followed by Kampung Rimba Padi hall (96); Serian community hall (74); Kampung Slabi Entukuh hall (32) and Balek Buk Janjun hall (26).

Meanwhile in Pahang, the number of flood victims has dropped to 2,567 people in 28 PPS involving three districts.

The Social Welfare Department (JKM) Disaster Info Portal reported that Pekan still recorded the highest number of evacuees at 1,632 people accommodated in 16 PPS, followed by Kuantan (715 people, five PPS) and Maran (220 people, seven PPS).

After almost two weeks at the danger level, the infobanjir.water.gov.my portal reported that water level reading in Sungai Pahang in Serambi, Pekan finally dropped to warning level this morning. Now only Sungai Jelai in Lipis has remained at the danger level. - Bernama

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