RES­I­DENTS REFUSE TO LEAVE FLOODED HOMES

They be­lieve that the flood­wa­ters will sub­side shortly as in pre­vi­ous in­stances

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RES­I­DENTS in low-ly­ing ar­eas here, in­clud­ing those liv­ing in the heart of Me­laka’s his­tor­i­cal city, were warned to evac­u­ate their homes fol­low­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of more flash floods.

State Sec­re­tary Datuk Seri Naim Abu Bakar told vic­tims to heed evac­u­a­tion no­tices is­sued by au­thor­i­ties to stay safe.

“Although wa­ter lev­els have risen waist-high in some ar­eas, af­fected vil­lagers refuse to move out de­spite be­ing ad­vised by the au­thor­i­ties.

“We hope that they cooperate and evac­u­ate be­cause we are con­cerned about their safety,” he said af­ter vis­it­ing flood vic­tims at SMK Mun­shi Ab­dul­lah here yes­ter­day.

Be­sides the threat of more flash floods if the weather took a turn for the worse, he said there were con­cerns about snakes and other dan­ger­ous crea­tures.

Present were Me­laka Civil De­fence De­part­ment di­rec­tor and Flood Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment chief sec­re­tariat Lieu­tenan­tColonel Ef­fendy Ali and Bukit Katil Umno chief Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rus­tam.

Ef­fendy said some res­i­dents re­fused to evac­u­ate be­cause they be­lieved that the flood­wa­ter would re­cede in a few hours, like in pre­vi­ous in­stances.

“But it was fore­cast that it may rain again later in the day.”

As at 3pm, 445 res­i­dents from 109 fam­i­lies were evac­u­ated and placed in tem­po­rary shel­ters when flash floods in­un­dated their homes, af­ter sev­eral hours of con­tin­u­ous rain yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The af­fected vil­lages in the Me­laka Ten­gah district in­clude Kam­pung Batu Ham­par, Kam­pung Pu­lau Ke­lapa, Kam­pung Sun­gai Pu­tat, Ta­man Bukit Beru­ang Bis­tari, Ta­man Melawis and Kam­pung Ba­lik Pu­lau.

Other ar­eas in­clude Kam­pung Tan­jung Minyak, Sun­gai Air Hi­tam, Kam­pung Tam­poi, Ta­man Ram­bai Utama, Ta­man Ram­bai Jaya, Ta­man Tan­jung Minyak Utama and Kam­pung Ber­tam Ulu.

In Jasin, 24 vic­tims from eight fam­i­lies were evac­u­ated to a tem­po­rary re­lief cen­tre at SK Te­hel.

PIC COUR­TESY OF MALAYSIA CIVIL DE­FENCE FORCE

Malaysia Civil De­fence Force per­son­nel sur­vey­ing the sit­u­a­tion at a flooded area in Me­laka Ten­gah. yes­ter­day

PIC BY RASUL AZLI SA­MAD

Two brides-to-be Nur Syafiqah Hamzah, 21, (left) and Filzah Ghaz­ali, 24, (right) mov­ing their be­long­ings to safer ground af­ter floods in Kam­pung Sun­gai Pu­tat yes­ter­day.

PIC BY MUHAM­MAD ZUHAIRI ZUBER

Chil­dren play­ing in the flood­wa­ter af­ter their houses in Kam­pung Tan­jung Minyak,

Me­laka, were in­un­dated yes­ter­day.

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