KUALA LUMPUR- More than 65,000 Malaysians huddled in overcrowded relief centres in Peninsular Malaysia received more bad news from the weatherman - expect non-stop rain in three east coast states for the next six days.
The number of people moved to relief centres - mainly schools and public halls - in the three east coast states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang as well as Johor jumped to above 60,000 in the last two days from below 40,000 last week.
The rains, brought in by the north-east monsoon, have caused water levels to rise very fast in these states, especially in and around the Pahang state capital, Kuantan, stretching north to Kemaman in central Terengganu.
Pahang accounted for most of the evacuees at 40,920, according to the National Security Council that oversees security policies and national disasters.
The Meteorological Department on its website yesterday said the three east coast states - but not Johor - can expect incessant rain every day until Saturday.
A weather map on its website shows huge clouds hovering above the South China Sea just off these states.
Showing the extent of the problem, the authorities said that over the three days to Saturday last week, the amount of rain that fell in Pahang was three times that of the average monthly rainfall.
Utusan Malaysian newspaper reported a heart-warming story yesterday of a nurse who continued to report for work at a Terengganu hospital although her own family has been evacuated to a relief centre which is now her home.
"I haven't seen my home since I left it on Tuesday, and my husband said he is right now trapped somewhere along a road," said nurse Wah Rohaidah Wan Hussin, 38.