Johor’s flood situation worsens, continuous rain expected in Pahang as well

Graphics courtesy of Johor Civil Defence Force


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 (Bernama) — The number of flood evacuees in Johor has continued to rise to 1,024 people housed in 13 temporary relief centres as of 8 tonight, compared with 330 people in seven centres reported at 2 pm.

According to the latest disaster report nationwide issued by the National Disaster Management Agency’s National Disaster Command Centre, the 13 relief centres in the state include four in Johor Bahru accommodating 404 people, six in Kota Tinggi (348 people), two in Mersing (212 people), and one in Kluang (60 people).

Meanwhile, a survey of the situation by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage found three rivers at dangerous levels, namely Sungai Endau in Kluang, Johor, which recorded a reading of 14.57 metres (m) on an upward trend; Sungai Perak in Hulu Perak, Perak (112.06m on a downward trend), and Sungai Arau in Arau, Perlis (23.47m on an upward trend) tonight.

It also said that 26 roads are closed due to flooding, damaged bridges and landslide incidents.

Preparations being made to assist flood victims with essential kits. Photo courtesy of APM Johor FB.

Among the affected roads are Jalan Raya Timur Barat (JRTB) Kupang-Gerik-Jeli in Hulu Perak, Perak; Jalan Kota Tinggi-Kluang in Kluang, Johor; Jalan Bukit Kayu Hitam-Bukit Tangga-Sintok in Kubang Pasu, Kedah; and Jalan Temerloh-Jerantut in Pahang.

MetMalaysia issues warning of anticipated continuous rain in Pahang, Johor until Sunday.

The Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has issued a warning of severe level continuous rain in several areas in Pahang and Johor starting today until Sunday (Jan 7).

In a statement tonight, MetMalaysia stated the areas involved are Pekan and Rompin (Pahang) and Segamat, Kluang, Mersing, Kulai, Kota Tinggi and Johor Bahru (Johor).

The department also issued an alert-level continuous rain warning within the same period involving Kuantan in Pahang as well as Batu Pahat and Pontian in Johor.