One dead, one missing as floods hit three states

One dead, one missing as floods hit three states
In deep water: People making their way through the flood waters in Kuantan.

KUALA LUMPUR - The wet times are here again with heavy rain and floods sweeping through several parts of the country, leaving parts of Pahang, Terengganu and Johor badly hit.

A 17-year-old boy is feared to have drowned while a child has been reported missing due to the floods that have hit Kemaman district in Terengganu.

Kemaman MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the boy was believed to have drowned in Kampung Padang Kubu, Kijal, yesterday.

Another child is also feared missing following a rip tide in Kijal.

Kuantan town flood In deep water: People making their way through the flood waters in Kuantan.

More than 1,000 victims from 483 families are now staying at 27 flood evacuation centres in the district.

Five districts in Pahang are floode­d, affecting more than 7,000 people.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said 51 relief centres had been opened up statewide with 3,303 evacuees in Rompin, followed by Kuantan (2,791), Maran (1,111), Pekan (435) and Jerantut (62).

"The rainfall volume in the past few days has reached 400mm daily, which is equivalent to half a month's rain," he said after chairing a special meeting with the National Security Council here yesterday.

Kuantan OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Jasmani Yusoff advised the public to call the Pahang disaster operations centre at 09-514 3799.

In Johor Baru, a bridge connecting Kampung Sekijang to Felda Pemanis and Kampung Tungku Tiga in Sekijang collapsed on Monday night following continuous rainfall.

Sekijang MP Anuar Abd Manap said the bridge was mainly used by small-time farmers to transport their goods.

As of 3pm yesterday, 5,555 people have been evacuated.

The worst-hit areas are Mersing and Segamat, while the other areas are Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Muar and Batu Pahat.

Many people, however, are refusing to move to evacuation centres although the flood situation is worsen­ing in Johor.

Retiree Damerah Chaiman, 65, said the last major flood at her house in Kampung Gembut in Sedili here was in January.

"I do get worried when it rains for long periods, but people here just place our belongings on higher shelves and just go about our daily lives," she added.

Lorry driver Ahmad Ramli, 45, whose wooden house was flooded, also said his family preferred to wait.

"Floods are common for us and hopefully the waters will recede," he said.

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