Kelantan: Over 300 victims still at relief centres

Kelantan: Over 300 victims still at relief centres

KOTA BHARU: The number of victims in the second wave of floods in Kelantan recorded a drop to 307 people from 123 families compared to 589 people from 218 families yesterday evening.

Based on the Social Welfare Department (JKM) Disaster Info application, five temporary evacuation centres (PPS) were still open in Pasir Mas.

They were at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tok Deh which housed the highest number of flood victims at 88, SK Bakong (83), SK Kedai Tanjong (69), SK Sri Rantau Panjang 2 (42) and SK Kubang Kual (25).

Meanwhile, Rantau Panjang Fire and Rescue Station chief, Imran Ismail said as of today at 8 am, Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang still recorded a reading of above the danger level, at 9.55 metres (m) (danger level: 9 m), but saw a downward trend.

“The water level situation of Sungai Golok is under control so far and is improving.

‘’In fact our regular twice a day surveys, so far, have also found that only a few villages in the low-lying areas are still flooded, namely, under stagnant flood of about 0.5 metres, including Kampung Gual Tok Deh forcing some residents to remain at the PPS.

“Based on the weather conditions so far, namely, no rain is recorded in Rantau Panjang and in Jenob, (Hulu Golok) we expect the flood situation here to improve and more affected residents will be allowed to return to their homes today,” he said.

He said, only a few roads in the interior areas and near riverbanks were still closed to light vehicles including Jalan Sekolah Cina Rantau Panjang which is under 0.48 m of water, Jalan Bunga Raya (0.55 m), Jalan SK Gual Tok Deh (0.37 m) and Jalan Balai Police Jeram Perdah (0.59 m).

Apart from that, according to the report, the reading of the water level at Sungai Golok in Kuala Jambu, Tumpat was still past the warning level, at 2.48 m (warning level: 2.15 m).

The second wave of floods struck Kelantan since last week while the first wave occurred in early December, in less than a week.