KUALA TERENGGANU - A total of 374 people from 102 families have been evacuated to 17 relief centres in Terengganu, following worsening floods.
The Social Welfare Department’s http://infobanjir.jkm.gov.my/ portal reported that the evacuees comprised 104 men, 121 women, 78 boys, 66 girls, and five infants.
The number included one female senior citizen and three male disabled persons.
In Besut, police said an additional 12 people from five families were evacuated to Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Besut 2 last night, bringing the total number of evacuees to 39 from 11 families.
District police chief Superintendent Mohd Zamri Mohd Rowi said the school was opened at 7.40pm to house the victims after they had to vacate their flood-hit homes.
Zamri said the evacuees were from four villages, namely Kampung Alor Teratai, Kampung Kayu Kelat, Kampung Telok Bayu and Kampung Pachakan.
"The evacuees included three disable people and 15 children," he said, adding that clogged drains had also contributed to the floods.
Meanwhile, Terengganu Civil Defence Force director Lt Col Che Adam Abdul Rahman advised the public to refer to the authorities for accurate and timely information on the monsoon floods and disaster.
He said although waters were rising at rivers, the situation was under control as flood waters were flowing into the South China Sea.
“The state’s integrated rescue teams are on standby to respond to any emergencies.
“We advise those living in precarious and low-lying areas to be prepared to be evacuated if the situation warrants, as continued heavy rain is bound to cause floods at these areas,” said Che Adam.
Additionally, the Malaysian Meteorological Department issued a severe weather warning over Terengganu and Kelantan till Wednesday.
The department expects adverse weather to continue over Tumpat, Pasir Mas, Kota Baru, Bachok, Pasir Puteh, Machang, Tanah Merah, Jeli, Kuala Krai and Gua Musang in Kelantan and over the whole of Terengganu.