40 families evacuated as water level rises sharply in Johor town

40 families evacuated as water level rises sharply in Johor town
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KLUANG - Three flood relief centres have been activated in the state as heavy rain lashed several villages, forcing the evacuation of 190 people from 40 families.

The monsoon season has arrived with the authorities keeping a close watch on the daily weather forecast and river levels.

Just three hours of continuous rainfall two days ago saw massive floodings in Kampung Sri Ampangan, Kampung Pisang, Kampung Batu 6, Kampung Haji Noor, Kampung Sungai Rambai, Kampung Parit Jepun, Kampung Paya Mas and Kampung Kolam Air.

Kluang district officer Mohd Fuad Radzuan said the flood victims were being housed at the Kampung Kolam Air and Kampung Palem­bang community halls as well as at SK Sri Kencana in Machap.

Mohd Fuad said the authorities took steps to evacuate the families to higher ground when the water level rose sharply within hours.

"We were monitoring the river level closely and when Sungai Benut rose to the danger level of 5.97m, an evacuation had become necessary," he said.

"The Machap dam also hit the alert level of 16.8m," he said, adding that the floodings were a result of the poor drainage system at nearby plantations and farms.

"These places could not accommodate the high volume of rainwater."

Mohd Fuad said the Kluang district disaster management centre had been activated to monitor the situation closely and prepare for any eventuality.

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