KUALA LUMPUR - A second wave of flooding has begun in Terengganu with more people affected by rising water while continuous rain in Pahang is putting the authorities and public on high alert over the next 24 hours.
However, both Kelantan and Johor saw a slight improvement after many flood evacuees were allowed to return home.
The Meteorological Department said that thunderstorms and heavy rain occurring over Pahang and Terengganu are expected to persist.
It added that the same weather conditions were expected to occur over Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan and Johor.
In Terengganu, the number of evacuees rose to 22,706 by evening, a drastic increase from the 6,758 sheltering in relief centres, after Kemaman was inundated again with water.
The National Security Council said the returning rain and high tide contributed to the floods, forcing more people to be evacuated.
"Several villages, which were not flooded at first, are now inundated, including Kampung Geliga, Banggol, Gong Pauh and Kampung Besut," it said.
Communications in Kemaman have been affected with many electrical substations under water, making it difficult for flood victims to call up for help.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the army was getting ready to deploy its engineers to build a tactical bridge in Sg Limbungan Kemaman after a 5m portion of its river bank collapsed.