More flood evacuees in Pahang return home

KUANTAN, Malaysia - More flood evacuees were allowed to return home as volunteers from the MCA, state agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) rolled up their sleeves to help residents in the massive cleaning-up exercise.

As at 10am Monday, the number of flood victims in Pahang stood at 29,547 people from 220 villages at 126 relief centres statewide, down from 38,068 people at 176 relief centres on Sunday.

Topping the list were Pekan with 11,153 people from 98 villages at 37 relief centres, and Temerloh with 10,576 people from 57 villages at 43 relief centres.

Temerloh MCA division chief Datuk Wong Tat Chee was on the ground assisting volunteers and personnel from the Road Transport Department to help clean up villages and markets around the town centre.

On Sunday, hundreds of volunteers, including Pahang MCA chairman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun, Pahang MCA's Crisis Relief Squad chief Datuk Chang Hong Seong, volunteer firemen, Barisan Nasional component parties and NGOs took part in a gotong-royong exercise in Temerloh and Mentakab.

Evacuees in five other districts still seeking shelter were in Maran (2,771 people at 18 centres), Bera (2,352 people at 15 centres), Jerantut (1,534 people at eight centres), Kuantan (1,130 people at four centres) and Lipis (31 people at one centre).

One road each in Kuantan (Jalan Kuantan-Pekan near Kampung Semangat) and Pekan (Jalan Kuantan-Pekan near SM Ubai) and six stretches along Jalan Maran-Temerloh were still closed to light vehicles.

Elsewhere, only two major rivers in the state were listed in the danger level while another point in Lubuk Pasu, Temerloh was at alert level.

As of 10am Monday, Sungai Pahang in Kampung Chenor and Lubuk Paku - both in

Maran district - were at 25.90m (danger level 23.50m) and 22.13m (19m), respectively.

Meanwhile, Anih Berhad - the concessionaire for East Coast Highway - said traffic was smooth at both sides of the highway while some food stalls and shops had already resumed daily operations.

Alloy MTD Group head of communications Fazlyaton Hussein said all flood evacuees seeking temporary shelter at the rest area had also returned home.

At the height of the floods, KM126 was flooded, resulting in the stretch of the highway to be closed to all traffic.