Mon­soon mis­ery be­gins

Boy fa­tally falls into canal amid se­ri­ous floods across Ke­lan­tan, Tereng­ganu

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Thou­sands of fam­i­lies in Ke­lan­tan and Tereng­ganu have been evac­u­ated as the mon­soon plays havoc with their lives and liveli­hood. Res­cue forces and emer­gency ser­vices have been work­ing over­time and food sup­plies are on the way. Un­for­tu­nately, the an­nual floods have also claimed their first fa­tal­ity.

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The north-east mon­soon has started in earnest, and so have the floods, with two states in the east coast hit heav­ily as gov­ern­ment prepa­ra­tions go into over­drive.

The first fa­tal­ity has also been recorded, the vic­tim a seven-yearold boy.

The num­ber of flood vic­tims in Ke­lan­tan rose to 7,366 from 2,318 fam­i­lies as of 1pm yes­ter­day, com­pared with 5,636 evac­uees from 1,621 fam­i­lies at 7am, with two new flood-hit ar­eas – Tumpat and Jeli.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­foBen­canaJKM Ap­pli­ca­tion, 3,763 vic­tims from 1,347 fam­i­lies have been evac­u­ated in Pasir Mas and are be­ing housed in 22 tem­po­rary re­lief cen­tres (PPS).

It was fol­lowed by Kota Baru in­volv­ing 821 evac­uees (229 fam­i­lies) be­ing housed in six PPS, 971 evac­uees (231 fam­i­lies) in 17 PPS in Kuala Krai and 664 evac­uees (178 fam­i­lies) in seven PPS in Pasir Puteh.

Mean­while, a to­tal of 426 evac­uees (125 fam­i­lies) were housed in nine PPS in Tanah Merah, 260 evac­uees (61 fam­i­lies) in two PPS in Ba­chok and 227 evac­uees (78 fam­i­lies) in three PPS in Jeli.

There are 225 evac­uees (67 fam­i­lies) in six PPS in Machang and nine vic­tims from two fam­i­lies in one PPS in Tumpat.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, based on the forecast.wa­ter.gov.my web­site, the wa­ter level at Sun­gai Golok in Ran­tau Panjang, Pasir Mas, re­ceded to 10.45m com­pared to 10.47m yes­ter­day morn­ing, which was still above the dan­ger level of 9m.

The wa­ter level of the same river taken at Jenob in Tanah Merah was 24.37m ( dan­ger level 23.5m) and the read­ing at Sun­gai Ke­lan­tan in Kuala Krai was 25.23m (dan­ger level 25m), while the read­ing for the same river in Ku­sial, Tanah Merah was 16.12m (dan­ger level 16m).

The wa­ter in two rivers has risen above the warn­ing level, namely Sun­gai Le­bir in Tualang, at 33.74m (warn­ing level 31m) and Sun­gai Golok in Kuala Jambu, Tumpat, at 2.48m (warn­ing level 2.15 m).

Three rivers showed read­ings that ex­ceeded the alert level, namely Sun­gai Galas at Li­mau Kas­turi, Gua Mu­sang at 56.48m (warn­ing level 56m), Sun­gai Galas in Dabong, Kuala Krai at 34.27m (warn­ing level 32m) and Sun­gai Ke­lan­tan at the Cus­toms Jetty, Kota Baru at 3.37m (warn­ing level 3m).

The floods in Ke­lan­tan also claimed its first vic­tim, a seven-yearold boy whose body was found in a flooded padi field in Fel­cra Ter­atak Batu in Pasir Puteh yes­ter­day.

Mo­ham­mad Il­ham Has­madi was re­ported to have fol­lowed his un­cle to an ir­ri­ga­tion canal at about 6.30pm on Sun­day to fish when he slipped from a plank bridge and fell into the swollen canal.

Ke­lan­tan po­lice chief Datuk Hasanud­din Has­san said mem­bers of the search and res­cue team found Mo­ham­mad Il­ham’s body at around 8am yes­ter­day, about 400m from where was be­lieved to have slipped into the canal.

The body was sent to Tengku Anis Hos­pi­tal in Pasir Puteh for post­mortem, he told re­porters af­ter at­tend­ing a mass cir­cum­ci­sion pro­gramme at the Ke­lan­tan po­lice head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

The Ke­lan­tan So­cial Welfare Depart­ment (JKM) has placed var­i­ous es­sen­tial sup­plies, in­clud­ing food, at 209 for­ward bases in prepa­ra­tion for floods in the state.

Its di­rec­tor Said Sidup said the food sup­ply in­cluded rice, canned food such as sardines, chicken curry, cof­fee, sugar, Milo and min­eral wa­ter, which would then be dis­trib­uted to the flood re­lief cen­tres.

“The Ke­lan­tan JKM re­ceived an ini­tial al­lo­ca­tion of RM1mil from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and RM300,000 from the state gov­ern­ment for the pur­pose.

“The state gov­ern­ment has also ap­proved an emer­gency al­lo­ca­tion if the need arises,” he said yes­ter­day.

He said 50 of the for­ward bases are in Kuala Krai, fol­lowed by Kota Baru (33), Tanah Merah (33), Pasir Mas (29), Tumpat (16), Gua Mu­sang (14), Machang (8), Pasir Puteh (8), Jeli (15), and Ba­chok (three).

Said also said the depart­ment iden­ti­fied 63 sup­pli­ers, such as Gi­ant, My­din, Econ­save, Tesco and Pan­tai Timur Mart, to pro­vide the nec­es­sary es­sen­tial items.

“So far, the sup­ply is enough to ac­com­mo­date the needs of 13,000 vic­tims for three days,” he said.

In Tereng­ganu, the num­ber of flood vic­tims in­creased to 5,935 peo­ple from 1,796 fam­i­lies yes­ter­day evening, com­pared to 5,807 peo­ple (1,719 fam­i­lies) in the morn­ing.

An­other five tem­po­rary re­lief cen­tres were opened in seven districts, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber cur­rently op­er­at­ing to 126 cen­tres.

Tereng­ganu Civil De­fence Force di­rec­tor Lt-Kol Che Adam A Rahman said Be­sut was the worst af­fected area, record­ing an in­crease in the num­ber of evac­uees to 1,927 (520 fam­i­lies) at 52 re­lief cen­tres com­pared to 1,787 peo­ple (484 fam­i­lies) in 45 cen­tres ear­lier.

In Jer­tih, a con­voy meant to pro­vide re­lief for flood vic­tims ended up need­ing to be res­cued it­self.

Eight vol­un­teers fer­ry­ing nu­mer­ous items for flood vic­tims faced a pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion af­ter their four ve­hi­cles stalled while try­ing to nav­i­gate 2m of wa­ter.

The vol­un­teers, who were from Kuala Lumpur, who were mem­bers of the Malaysia In­ter­na­tional Search and Res­cue (MISAR) team, were stranded at 8pm on Sun­day.

Be­sut district po­lice chief Supt Ab­dul Rozak Muham­mad said the in­ci­dent took place in Kam­pung Bekok, near Jer­tih, when they were leav­ing for an­other lo­ca­tion af­ter send­ing aid to Kam­pung Te­nang and Kam­pung La.

“All the vol­un­teers are safe. They were ac­tu­ally mov­ing without in­form­ing the par­ties man­ag­ing the flood oper­a­tion rooms.

“Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, I urge any­body and also non-govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions to in­form the po­lice or the Tereng­ganu Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Sec­re­tar­iat (of their plans) to fa­cil­i­tate the giv­ing of as­sis­tance,” he said.

Ab­dul Rozak said the team was res­cued with the help of vil­lagers and their ve­hi­cles (four vans).

As of yes­ter­day morn­ing, the flood in Tereng­ganu had af­fected 5,807 peo­ple from 1,719 fam­i­lies, while 123 flood re­lief cen­tres had been opened.

— Ber­nama

To safety: Hole-in-the-heart pa­tient Siti Nu­rul Ba­trisya Mat Imi on her way to Hos­pi­tal Be­sut. The six-year-old was air­lifted from Kam­pung La, Hulu Be­sut, af­ter it was cut off by flood­wa­ters.

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High wa­ter road ways: Ve­hi­cles travers­ing the flood on their way to ran­tau Panjang af­ter sun­gai Golok over­flowed its banks. (In­set) Tereng­ganu Fire and res­cue deputy di­rec­tor sharikan bus­ta­man (left) and his men car­ry­ing kid­ney disease and stroke pa­tient ab­dul Latif ab­dul­lah, 76, to Hos­pi­tal Hulu Tereng­ganu for dial­y­sis treat­ment. —

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Stuck in the flood: (Left) rosma Zu­laiha Zulke­feli, 28, (se­cond from left) to­gether with her brother adam Izham, 14, (left) at their house af­ter it was in­un­dated by flood wa­ters in Kam­pung Ny­atuh. (above) a flock of chick­ens left stranded on their coop in the same vil­lage. —

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