Flood evacuees in Kedah increase to 39,512, Floods ease in Perlis

Posted on November 5, 2010. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

ALOR SETAR: The number of flood evacuees in Kedah increased to 39,512 this morning compared to 32,990 last night as more areas are affected by the flood in the state.

Although many flood victims in Padang Terap have been allowed to return home, the number of evacuees from Kubang Pasu, Kota Setar and Pendang continued to increase.

There are now 21,111 evacuees in Kubang Pasu, 15,736 in Kota Setar and 241 in Pendang. There are still 657 people at Padang Terap flood relief centre compared to 2,279 last night, and 1,767 in Pokok Sena from 1,868 last night.

A National Security Council operations room spokesman said 100 evacuation centres were still open this morning.

Ten centres in Padang Terap had been closed so far.

A check showed that more areas were flooded, including the compound of the state police contingent and Bernama bureau office, both at Jalan Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Langkawi Recreation Club and nine other non-governmental organisations have launched the Kedah flood relief fund.

Club president Datuk Mansor Ismail said they hoped to collect as much as possible during the one-month fund-raising period from today until Dec 5, to be channelled to the flood victims.

In KANGAR, the flood eased slightly this morning, with 1,375 of 15,159 evacuees were allowed to return home.

A Welfare Department spokesman said 11 of 55 evacuation centres were closed this morning.

The water level in Kangar had subsided significantly but several roads were still impassable to light vehicles.

In KOTA BAHARU, the Kelantan Welfare Department has given the assurance that it will be able to provide foodstuff to flood victims for up to 10 days.

Its director Mohd Noor Chik said that the RM100,000 allocation for the purpose would be able to provide food to evacuees during the period should a second flood hit the state.

The flood had subsided in Kelantan, with 475 evacuees allowed to return home yesterday — BERNAMA

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