RANTAU PANJANG - Although the weather has not been terribly bad, residents here are bracing for the worst after the news that water from overflowing rivers in Thailand will surge into the district.
"I have heard that the Thai authorities have issued a red warning that floods will hit Narathiwat, and this is worrying me because it can be a perfect day without rain and yet we can be flooded over there," said Musa Yakob, 60, of Kampung Banggol Nyior here.
Musa added that the Rantau Panjang area was situated lower than Sungai Golok, one reason why the area could get flooded even when there was no rain.
Thailand's meteorology centre has advised residents in Narathiwat up to Sungai Golok to be on the alert following heavy rains in the district since Monday.
Another resident, Mah Long, 57, said her family had been ready to move out since last Friday.
"We are used to the floods every year and we have made all preparations to ensure that when we evacuate the house, our property will be safe," said Mah.
As of Tuesday, the water level in Rantau Panjang was at 9.61m, way past the danger level of 9m.
An estimated 600 residents in Kampung Tersang, Kampung Bongor, Kampung Putat Tujuh, Kampung Lubok Stol, Kampung Lubok Gong, Bonggor Jawi and Kampung Lanchang have been told to be on standby to move out.
Rantau Panjang Fire and Rescue Department chief Rahmat Kamarulzaman said residents had been told to be on standby to move out to relief centres.
"The water levels at the rivers can rise rapidly coupled with the rain that is falling here.
"Overflowing water from the neighbouring country can possibly make matters worse here," he said on Tuesday.