The situation in flood-hit Kelantan worsened slightly early today, with the number of evacuees rising to 1,284 from 346 families as at 8am, compared to 1,213 from 329 families at 8pm yesterday.
Kelantan Civil Defence Force director Zainuddin Hussin said the district of Kuala Krai has 510 evacuees from 132 families; Jeli, 36 evacuees (14 families); Tanah Merah, 312 (91); Pasir Mas, 347 (91) and Machang, 79 (18).
“All the evacuees are being accommodated at 30 relief centres in the five districts,” he said when contacted.
Zainuddin said he anticipates the evacuation of more people in the afternoon, especially from Pasir and Tumpat, when water from the upper reaches of swollen rivers flow downstream.
Meanwhile, the state government’s website reported that the level of three major rivers in Kelantan showed a decline as at 8am, compared to 8pm yesterday.
Sungai Galas at Dabong measured 32.56 metres, down from 34.33 metres last night. Its danger level is 38 metres.
The level of Sungai Lebir at Tualang stood at 28.26 metres, compared to 30.74 metres (alert level is 35 metres) and that of Sungai Kelantan at the Krai Steps was 22.24 metres, compared to 24.06 metres (alert level is 25 metres).
However, the level of Sungai Golok at Rantau Panjang continues to rise, measuring at 10.19 metres, compared to 9.58 metres last night. Its danger level is 9 metres.
Meanwhile, the situation in flood-hit areas in Terengganu improved today, with the number of evacuees at relief centres dropping to 1,022 as at 8am from 1,606 at 10pm yesterday.
Terengganu Civil Defence Force director Lt Col (PA) Che Adam A Rahman said the evacuees, from 302 families, were being housed at 21 relief centres in five districts of the state.
Hulu Terengganu, which is the worst-affected among the districts, saw a drastic drop in the number of evacuees, from 853 last night to 361 early today, he said in a statement.
“Two relief centres in the district were closed, leaving only four open,” he said.
Che Adam said Marang had 488 evacuees, down from the 540 last night.
The number of evacuees in Dungun (87), Kemaman (58) and Setiu (28) remained the same, he added. – Bernama