JOHOR BARU - A total of 9,233 victims have been affected by the floods in the state as of 12.24pm (today) according to the National Security Council portal.
Mersing reported the highest number of victims with 5,716 people, followed by Segamat (1,052), Kluang (1,149), Batu Pahat (472), Pontian (412), Muar (217) and Kota Tinggi (215).
Twenty-one centres opened in Mersing, followed by Segamat (16), Kluang (13), Batu Pahat (7), Pontian (4), Kota Tinggi (3) and Muar (1).
Meanwhile, Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff advised the public to put their safety as top priority during the flood evacuation process.
"Please leave your respective belongings behind. The police will make their rounds to ensure that there will be no cases of theft," he said during a press conference at the Johor police contingent headquarters.
Mokhtar also said that priority would be given to rescue operations headed by the district police chief in cooperation with the fire and rescue department, the army, and Malaysia Civil Defence Department (JPAM).
"It is carried out in line with guidelines from National Security Council," he said, adding that mobile police stations would be stationed at the relief centres for the public to lodge reports on criminal activities.
The state's top cop also said that the police operation room was open round-the-clock and it could be contacted at 07-2212999.
"Please do not listen to rumours. Public can contact the police for accurate information," said Mokhtar.
He also advised parents to prevent their children from swimming in the flood.
Mokhtar also said that the state police would seek help from other state's contingent for rescue operation if necessary.