447 forced to evacuate again after 2 relief centres flood in Kuala Nerang


Some 10,283 victims in Terengganu have been affected by the floods as of 2pm today. (Bernama pic)
KUALA BERANG: Two temporary relief centres here have been flooded, forcing the 447 victims housed there to be transferred to other centres early this morning.
Terengganu fire and rescue department director Hassan As’ari Omar said 146 victims from the relief centre in Kampung Batu 23 and 301 others from the Kampung Gunong Menerong centre had to be relocated.
“So far, only these two relief centres in Hulu Terengganu had to be closed and the victims evacuated,” he told reporters after surveying the flood situation in Kuala Berang here today.
He said they also found that the water level upstream of the area was still high and a strong current was moving to Kuala Berang and straight towards Kuala Terengganu.
Kuala Terengganu is the only one of the eight districts in the state which has yet to be hit by the third wave of floods, which has so far affected 10,283 victims as of 2pm today.
Hassan also said the water levels at the major rivers in Besut and Setiu were receding while the river water in Kemaman was rising and fast-flowing.
“As such, I would like to advise those living in low-lying areas or who have experienced floods before to continue to be on the alert and be prepared to move to relief centres if necessary,” he said.
Kelantan to hold talks with Putrajaya over floods
Meanwhile, Kelantan menteri besar Nassuruddin Daud said the state government will hold further talks with Putrajaya on how best to tackle the recurrent floods in the east coast state.
Nassuruddin said there were a lot of complaints from villagers regarding the construction of the Sungai Golok integrated river basin development project, which allegedly caused floodwaters to worsen.
“These flood victims hope that the federal government will conduct a study on the wall’s construction. The state government does understand that the wall has yet to be completed.
“Maybe the federal government needs to think of something before the project is completed so that water can flow smoothly,” he said after visiting flood evacuees at the SK Sri Kiambang relief centre here today.
“There are claims that floods here (Pasir Mas and Rantau Panjang) are worse than 2014 and that the water level is higher because of the wall.”
Meanwhile, the fire and rescue department announced that three of its helicopters will be deployed to assist in rescuing flood victims in Kelantan.
These aircraft will also be used to send food supplies and take victims requiring urgent medical treatment to the hospital.

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