News of floods sparks anxiety among Johor villagers

News of floods sparks anxiety among Johor villagers

JOHOR BARU - Factory worker Samsiah Mat Jaya, 55, was full of anxiety after reading the news of the floods in Kuantan and Johor.

"I remember the 2006 floods, where the water reached the roof of our house. Even two-storey houses were flooded in Kota Tinggi. We lost everything," she said at a village here.

Samsiah, who has been residing at the village with her family for over 30 years, added that each year around this time, the villagers' worries mounted over what might happen should the situation worsen.

Water levels were just below the knee at Kampung Laut, Skudai, here, yesterday.

Village head Janisan Wahid, whose kitchen and bathroom was flooded, is bracing for the worst.

He said this was only the first wave, adding that his home was located in a low-lying area.

Janisan, who runs a restaurant at a local university nearby, said he had loaded his cars with boxes of crockery and catering equipment to prevent them from being damaged.

"If the rain continues to pour, we are ready to zoom off to the nearest relocation centre," he said.

Mersing OCPD DSP Zulkifli Hashim said the Batu 18 Sungai Ara-Kota Tinggi road was affected when water levels reached four metres yesterday.

"Only one lane of the 16km Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing road is open due to soil erosion near the Industrial Training Institute here," he said, adding that heavy vehicles were prohibited from using the road for fear of it collapsing.

Johor Housing and Local Government exco Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi said 21 out of the 25 relief centres had been opened, with more than 5,600 people evacuated.

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