Floods cost Kelantan $75.6m in losses

Floods cost Kelantan $75.6m in losses
Many of the wooden houses that are common in this small village in the Malaysian state of Kelantan had been ripped from their foundations and shifted several metres from their original location.

KOTA BARU - The unprecedented floods in Kelantan have caused an estimated RM200mil (S$75.6 million) in losses, said state flood disaster management director Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

The floods damaged basic infrastructure in the towns of Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, Tanah Merah, Tumpat, Pasir Mas and here.

"This is only a ballpark figure and we have yet to tabulate the losses of the victims. We are now compiling the full data on losses from them.

"At the same time, the victims need temporary shelter, especially for areas in Gua Musang and Kuala Krai, before school starts this year.

"A total of 516 houses were destroyed in Gua Musang and 38 houses were swept away in Kuala Krai.

"All the flood victims in the state have been placed in 92 schools and they will have to be moved to other places when school reopens on Jan 10."

He also said they would have to rush to set up temporary tents for victims who had lost their houses.

"The tents will be equipped with water, electricity and toilets," he said here yesterday.

Mustapa said the number of flood evacuees in Kelantan had dropped to 40,000. The figure was 158,476 victims on Wednesday.

He also hoped the three police personnel injured in a helicopter crash in Tanah Merah would recover from their injuries soon.

In the incident at 6.45pm on Wednesday, four police personnel, who were transporting food rations, were aboard the police helicopter when it crashed in Kampung Rambai Gobek, Tanah Merah.

Pilot ASP Adli Ahmad, 34, co-pilot ASP Hasli Hassan, 36, and Sjn/Major Mohd Hood Abdul Majis, 43, were hospitalised at Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Kerian and Tanah Merah Hospital.

A fourth personnel, L/Kpl Arhafidah Zakaria, 27, received outpatient treatment.

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