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Kedah on high alert for floods after rains

The Star/ANN | Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Heavy rain in the northern parts of the Malaysia peninsula since 18 October 2013 has caused low-lying areas in Perak, Penang and Kedah to be inundated, Malaysian media said.

ALOR SETAR- Kedah is on high alert for floods due to the current rainy weather which is expected to last for a few more days.

The state government is monitoring the situation closely and ready to activate disaster management operations, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

He added that this was done following the Meteorological Services Department's forecast that heavy rainfall would continue for a few more days.

In a press statement yesterday, Mukhriz advised those whose houses were often hit by floods to be on the lookout and make early preparations.

"Please obey instructions if you are asked by the authorities to evacuate," he said.

Those who had to evacuate should bring along their important documents and basic personal belongings to the evacuation centres.

Flood-prone areas identified by the authorities are located in the Kubang Pasu, Padang Terap, Kota Setar, Yan, Pendang and Kuala Muda districts.

Separately, Bernama reported officer-in-charge of the state security council flood operations room, Nazrul Nizam Kamaruddin, as saying that temporary relief centres had started operations to accommodate flood evacuees.

He said that as of 10am yesterday, 334 flood victims from 93 families had been evacuated to relief centres.

"At present, only the relief centres in Yan are occupied.

"There are no evacuees in other districts because the floods has subsided," he said.

Four relief centres had been opened in Yan.

The centres are located at Dewan Kampung Titi Teras; Surau Kampung Teroi Bukit, Surau Sungai Malai as well as Surau Batas Ubi.

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