The floods in Terengganu have claimed its first victim, a two-year-old girl, in an incident in Kampung Apal.
According to Bernama, Terengganu police chief Rohaimi Md Isa said the victim, Nur Hilwa Idris Mohd Haris Zaifan, was found floating in a ditch about 20m from her house.
He added that she was believed to have fallen into at 3.40 pm when the victim’s aunt, who was getting ready to evacuate to the temporary relief centre after the water level was seen rising.
The aunt then discovered that the victim went out by herself through the kitchen door before she fell into the flood water and was swept away by the current.
Rohaimi said the victim’s body was brought to Besut Hospital for further action.
He then reminded the public to stay vigilant during this monsoon period to avoid any unwanted accidents.
“Avoid allowing children to play in the waters during the flood season as this could potentially risk their lives. Parents and guardians need to play an active role in ensuring the safety of their children during the monsoon season,” he said.
Flood victims on the rise
As of 8 am this morning, around 11,415 flood victims were evacuated to temporary evacuation centres in Terengganu.
According to Berita Harian, a total of 12 roads have been closed due to the floods.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has also issued a warning of heavy rain that is expected to continue until this Wednesday (21 December) throughout the states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang involving Jerantut and Kuantan.