Fleeing from flood waters
> More than 500 in Selangor and Perak seek shelter
PETALING JAYA: The high tide phenomenon which hit some states has led to the evacuation of more than 500 people, especially in Selangor and Perak.
In Perak, the number of residents affected by floods due to high tide rose to 287 – from 222 a day before – involving 100 families, as at 8am yesterday.
The state disaster management committee secretariat said 254 of the victims were being sheltered at four evacuation centres in two districts.
It said Manjung recorded the most number of victims with 141 from 50 families, who are currently sheltered at Dewan Inderawati, Beruas.
In Larut, Matang and Selama, three evacuation centres have been opened.
They are Simpang Halt community hall, which is sheltering 78 victims; Kampung Jelapang Jaya community hall (22); and Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Boyan, (13).
In SHAH ALAM, the number of flood evacuees due to high tide at two relief centres in Selangor remained at 237 since Monday night.
State disaster management unit chief Ahmad Fairuz Mohd Yusof said 123 victims from 44 families were placed in the multipurpose hall in Kampung Tok Muda, Kapar, while 114 from 24 families were staying at Palembang Hall in Rantau Panjang, Klang.
The embankments at Tebuk Mendeling and Sungai Air Tawar in Sabak Bernam which were repaired overnight had been breached again. However, the surrounding areas were not affected.
The high tide, which started on Monday, is expected to continue for the next few days.
The coastal areas of Selangor are expected to experience high tide which would last for five days while some areas will see the water level rises to as high as 5.6m.
Klang and Sabak Bernam districts are classified as red zone or high-risk areas for floods, while three other districts, namely, Kuala Selangor, Kuala Langat and Sepang are listed as yellow zone, where the floods risk is rated as moderate.
Meanwhile, in SUNGAI PETANI, heavy rain lasting more than two hours with strong winds hit several areas on Monday, uprooting trees and causing flash floods in several areas in the Kuala Muda district. – Bernama