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Flood update: Situation in Pahang, Kelantan improves, Terengganu worsens
KUALA LUMPUR: The flood situation in Pahang and Kelantan improved this evening, with a decrease in the number of people relocated, unlike in Terengganu where there has been an increase in evacuees.
In PAHANG, flood relief centres in Kuantan were closed when the flood subsided, except for one in Pekan which still houses 323 victims.
A spokesman from the Pahang police headquarters contingent flood operations room said, 122 victims from 29 families who were accomodated in three flood relief centres in Kuantan were sent home this afternoon.
"As of 5pm today, only the relief centre in SK Sinar Mutiara was open, accomodating 323 people from 78 families from Kampung Cenderawasih," he said when contacted by Bernama here today.
Meanwhile, the road at the 28km Sungai Riau-Sungai Lembing is now open to motorists after it was closed since yesterday.
In KELANTAN, the number of evacuees relocated following floods in Kuala Krai, dropped slightly this evening to 141, as compared to 276 this morning.
A state flood operations room spokesman said the victims comprised 31 families at four relief centres, namely Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Yuk Chai, Sekolah Menengah Teknik Kuala Krai, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Laloh and Sekolah Kebangsaan Manek Urai Lama.
He said water level readings at Sungai Kelantan in Kusial, Tanah Merah, at 2pm today, were lower but exceeded the warning level at 15.76 metres.
Water levels of Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang increased from 9.15 metres to 9.21 metres, while those at other major rivers subsided due to absence of rain.
In TERENGGANU, The flood situation took a turn for the worse when the number of victims relocated in Setiu increased to 363, as compared to 290 this morning.
According to the state government portal, affected residents in Kampung Tasek were sent to the Kampung Tasik Community Hall, those from Kampung Buruk and Kampung Balik Bukit were placed at the Permaisuri Mosque while victims from Bandar Permaisuri were relocated to the Gazebo Surau in Bandar Permaisuri.
The Permaisuri Mosque houses the most victims at 172 people, followed by the Gazebo Surau (116) and Kampung Tasik Community Hall (75).
Floods since last night forced the closure of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Kampung Besut and SK Kampung Buloh near Bandar Permaisuri, affecting 736 students.
Setiu district education officer Kipayatullah Mohd Said said both schools would remain closed, should the situation not improve, with students having replacement classes on Saturday.
Meanwhile, state education, higher learning, science, technology and human resources committee chairman Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the authorities were reviewing reports on the real cause of flooding which forced the closure of the schools.
A state irrigation and drainage department spokesman said water levels at all rivers in Terengganu had returned to normal this evening. -- BERNAMA