Flood havoc in Johor, Pahang

KUANTAN - The first wave of flooding began in Pahang Monday with more than 200 people evacuated here and in Rompin, Maran and Pekan.

As of 8pm Monday, Maran was the worst hit with 90 people from Kampung Chendong, Kampung Bak Bak and Kampung Ulu Luit relocated to relief centres when their villages were flooded due to heavy rain since Sunday morning.

Another 77 people from seven villages in Rompin were evacuated.

Among the villages affected were Kampung Pertat, Kampung Kurnia, Kampung Pianggu and Kampung Kerpal.

Rompin police chief Deputy Superintendent Ahmad Johari Jahaya said the villagers were evacuated from 10am when floodwaters rose to more than a metre.

He advised people in flood-prone areas and along the river banks to be on alert as heavy rains were expected to continue over the next few days.

A state police operations centre spokesman said another 51 flood evacuees were from Kampung Padang Rumbia, Pekan while a family of eight in Kampung Chendor, Cherating near here were evacuated when their home was partially submerged. A family of nine sought shelter at the Sungai Lembing police station when their home was badly affected by the floods.

"More people are expected to be evacuated as flood water is rising in several areas including the town area and Sungai Lembing," he said.

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