Floods: Terengganu declares orange alert

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HULU TERENGGANU: Continuous heavy rain caused several areas to be flooded forcing 81 people from 21 families to be evacuated to three centres on Monday.

The centres are located at Seri Puteh civic hall in Kampung Tok Lawit, Kampung Kemat and Kampung Padang Kubu Mukim Tebak in Kemaman.

State Civil Department director Lt. Col. Che Adam A. Rahman said the water levels at some rivers overflowed, inundating several villages.

"The Meteorology Department has also issued an orange alert for Terengganu and at this moment, apart from the already flooded areas, other flood prone areas such as Kuala Jengai in Hulu Dungun, Taman Desa Tanjung Damai, Gong Badak, Terengganu, Kampung Tok Kah and Pasir Raya in Kemaman are on high risk," he said.

An orange alert signifies continuous rain averaging 0.4mm to 4mm per hour that lasts for a day or more. Above orange is red, the highest alert given out by the Meteorological Department - indicating heavy continuous downpour, with at least 100mm of rain per day which lasts for a day or more.

The least severe warning is the yellow alert which means that downpour is expected within one to three days.