Over 6,500 flood victims in Johor, almost double overnight

The death toll from the floods in Johor reached 6,564 people as of 8am today, compared to 3,322 people recorded as of 8pm yesterday.

In a statement, State Disaster Management Committee Chairman Azmi Rouhani said the increase included evacuees in Kota Tinggi, Kluang and Johor Bahru. He said a total of 1,819 families have been evacuated to 51 PPS in six districts, with Kota Tinggi recording the highest number. The affected population, a total of 2,964 people from 783 families and 24 PPS, followed by Johor Bahru (1,844 people from 504 families and 10 PPS) and Kluang (1,633 people from 500 families and 14 PPS). The remaining victims are one PPS in each of these districts, namely Kulai (86), Segamat (20) and Pontian (17), he added.

Azmi, who is also the Johor state secretary, said that based on data from the Irrigation and Drainage Department (DID), six rivers in Johor recorded dangerous water levels. Rain is forecast in Mersing and Tangkak, while other areas are expected to die.

Meanwhile, based on the latest report released by the National Disaster Control Center of the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), the number of people affected by the floods in Pahang has risen to 845 people in 23 SPAs in three districts of the state, namely Maran , Pecan. . and Rompin, from midnight. Rompin recorded the highest number of flood victims, a total of 360 people, followed by Maran (261) and Pekan (224).

In addition, a PPS was opened in Kuching, Sarawak, to accommodate 38 people whose homes were destroyed by fire. DID also reported that 43 roads were closed due to flooding, erosion, sinkholes and damage. These include Jalan Mersing-Endau (Mersing), Jalan JB-Mersing and Jalan Kota Tinggi-Kluang in Johor; Kuantan-Segamat Expressway (Tun Razak Expressway) and Jalan Pekan-Nenasi (Rompin), Jalan Temerloh-Jerantut in Pahang and Jalan Bukit Besi-Dungun in Terengganu. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) warned of heavy rain in Rompin, Maran, Kuantan and Bera in Pahang, as well as Tangkak, Muar, Batu Pahat, Pontian, Kulai and Johor Bahru, all in Johor.

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