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Heavy floods hit several parts of Kelantan and Terengganu, more victims to be evacuated

Over the weekends, the relentless rainfall across Terengganu and Kelantan has caused several parts in the states to be flooded.

According to NST, the floodwaters have forced about 4,463 people from 1,315 families to evacuate their homes as of 27 February and the number are still increasing.

The State Disaster Management Committee secretariat said the victims were evacuated to 91 flood relief centres and they are expecting more victims to be moved to safety after the rain abates.

Meanwhile, one of the locals in Hulu Terengganu tweeted about the rising water levels and some homes had been flooded until the roofs.

The netizen said residents were forced to climb onto the roof while waiting for help to come. Some people in the neighbourhood were trapped while the water levels continued to rise.

He added that rescue efforts were delayed due to strong water currents, increasing the difficulty to rescue people from their flooded homes.

Source: Twitter

NST also reported that helicopters had been deployed to evacuate flood victims, including the elderly and infants in Kampung Lubok Pait, when floodwaters cut off the road access.

For Kelantan, NST reported that the state is experiencing bigger flood compared to last year.

Kelantan Fire and Rescue Department director Zainal Madasin said Rantau Panjang was the wort hit district and he was forced to freeze the annual leaves of more than a thousand of its personnel.

Source: Twitter

Zainal said Pasir Mas and Rantau Panjang have opened 10 flood relief centres each, followed by Tanah Merah and Kuala Krai (9 each), Jeli (4) and Pasir Puteh (1).

The State Welfare Department said five districts have been affected by the flood, including Kuala Krai, Jeli, Tanah Merah, Pasir Mas and Pasir Puteh.

In response to the floods, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has instructed the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) to ensure sufficient food supply at flood evacuation centres activated in both states.

He also directed the Health Ministry to assist with Covid-19 prevention measures to curb the spread of the virus at the relief centres.

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