Tuesday, December 18, 2007

MORE PICS – Malaysian Floods – N, S & E; Thai Dam Burst Worsens Kelantan Floods; High Tide - Add woes to East Coast; Now Floods hit 4 Kedah Districts

UPDATE: December 19, 2007 12:35 PM

Floods: Improvement In Kelantan And Pahang
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- The situation in flood-hit Kelantan has generally improved although that in the Tumpat district is expected to worsen with the water level at Sungai Golok, which has burst its banks, exceeding the danger level at 10.17m. Other main rivers in the state are receding slowly. A spokesman of the Kelantan police flood operations room said the situation in Tumpat, especially the border town of Pengkalan Kubor, was expected to worsen because of water from the interior areas flowing down to Sungai Golok, causing the river to swell. "Yesterday, 2,054 people were evacuated in Tumpat and the number rose to 2,312 people Wednesday," he told Bernama.

He said 7,361 people were still at relief centres in the Pasir Mas district, Tanah Merah (163) and Kota Baharu (104) while relief centres in four districts -- Kuala Krai, Machang, Gua Musang and Jeli -- had been closed. Several roads remained closed. They include Jalan Pasir Mas-Rantau Panjang at Km13 and Jalan Tumpat-Pengkalan Kubor, which are under 0.5m of water. The stretch of Jalan Gua Musang-Kuala Krai at Km65 and the alternative old Kota Baharu-Jeli- Dabong-Meranto-Gua Musang road are also closed because of a landslide. People travelling by road to Kelantan can use the East West Highway from Gerik in Perak or via Terengganu.

In KEDAH, the number of evacuees continued to rise and until this morning, 2,970 people had been evacuated to 38 relief centres, from 1,327 yesterday.A spokesman of the state flood operations room said the highest number of evacuees was from the Padang Terap district, totalling 1,405 people from 308 families at 24 relief centres. He said several roads in the district were closed to light vehicles. They are Jalan Naka to Jalan Nami, Jalan Kuala Nerang to Jalan Tualak,Jalan Semeriang and Jalan Kubang. "Sik district recorded 684 evacuees from 76 families at four reliefcentres," he told Bernama.

Other evacuees comprise 537 from 101 families in the Kota Star district, Kubang Pasu (274 people) and Kuala Muda (69 people).
In PAHANG, the situation in six flood-affected districts in the state has improved slightly and until 9am today, there were 21,363 people from 4,591 families at 129 flood relief centres, from 22,754 yesterday. A Pahang police flood operations room spokesman said the number of evacuees in Maran remain at 3,223 people at 26 relief centres. Pekan had 9,313 evacuees, Temerloh (3,585), Rompin (2,181), Bera (1,916)and Kuantan (1,145). Meanwhile, Jalan Pekan-Rompin at Km19; KM8 Rompin-Muadzam Shah, Jalan Kuantan-Segamat and Jalan Temerloh-Triang are still closed to all vehicles. December 18, 2007 22:50 PM

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UPDATE: December 18, 2007 22:50 PM - More area in Kelantan affected

71 Schools Flooded, 59 Cut Off By Floods

ABOVE & BELOW: One of the School in Rantau Panjang, Kelantan was flooded out

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 (Bernama) -- Seventy-one schools are flooded and 59 have been cut off by floodwaters in Pahang and Kelantan as the nation continues to grapple with the year-end floods that have so far affected the two states and Johor, Terengganu and Kedah as well. Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said today 40 of the 71 flooded schools were in Pahang and 31 in Kelantan while 58 schools in Pahang and one in Kelantan were those cut off by floodwaters. "A total of 103 schools have been turned into flood relief centres, 56 of them in Pahang, 24 in Johor and 23 in Kelantan," he said in a statement.

In KELANTAN, a spokesman of the state flood operations room said the number of evacuees in the Tumpat district went up tonight, to 2,239 from 2,054 in the evening, because the Sungai Golok burst its banks.

ABOVE: The danger mark was exceeded in Sungai Golak and BELOW: The rushing waters in the flooded area

He said the situation in flood-hit Pasir Mas district was improving, with the number of evacuees having dropped from 8,362 to 7,822. The total number of evacuees in Kelantan stood at 10,338, down from 10,693 this evening. The spokesman said Jalan Pasir Mas-Rantau Panjang (Km 13) and Jalan Tumpat-Pengkalan Kubor were closed to traffic.

ABOVE: Part of the Jalan Rantau Panjang Road that was damaged by floods

The stretch of Jalan Gua Musang-Kuala Krai at Km65 and the alternative old Kota Baharu-Jeli-Dabong-Meranto-Gua Musang road were also closed because of a landslide. People travelling by road to Kelantan can use the East West Highway from Gerik in Perak or via Terengganu.

In PAHANG, most of the districts including Pekan, which is the worst affected, showed a drop in the number of evacuees, except Temerloh whichrecorded an increase. According to a spokesman of the Pahang police flood operations room, 22,754 people were still at 148 relief centres in the state as at 8pm, down from 23,026 people in the morning.

ABOVE & BELOW: the streets of Termeloh were flooded with blackish waters

The number of evacuees in Temerloh rose to 4,576. The others were in Bera (2,257), Pekan (9,532), Maran (3,223), Rompin (1,959) and Kuantan (1,207). He said the trunk road between Pekan and Rompin at Km19; Km8 of Jalan Rompin-Muadzam Shah, Jalan Kuantan-Segamat and Jalan Temerloh-Triang were still closed to all vehicles. Meanwhile, Rompin OCPD DSP Abdullah Sani Salat said the bodies of the two latest victims of the floods in Pahang, Zamri Mohamad, 29, from Kampung Lang Kiri, Rompin, and an Indonesian, only known as "Aton", 50, were found floating in Sungai Endau, Rompin, today. The two men were reported missing on Sunday after they went fishing.

In KEDAH, four men who went to tap rubber near Tanjung Piring, Nami, in Kuala Nerang were trapped by floods but were reportedly safe as one of them was reached by telephone. Mohd Najib Abdullah, 70, Latih Yahya, 70, Manaf Rejab, 43, and Silah Yaakob, 42, are from Pokok Sena. Padang Terap police chief DSP Hamzan Darus said 20 soldiers from the 6th Royal Malay Regiment in Kepala Batas were looking for the men.

ABOVE & BELOW: In Kedah, Many rice fields were completely flooded out

A spokesman of the Kedah flood operations room said 1,385 people in the Padang Terap district had been evacuated due to the floods. In the Sik district, 250 people had been moved to relief centres. The flood-hit areas were Kampung Kota Aur, Kampung Kuala Beris, Kampung Mambong, Kampung Mambong Kiri, Kuala Begia, Kuala Jeneri, Brona Kiri, Kuala Roman, Padang Pulut and Dang Lau.

In JOHOR, the number of flood evacuees dropped to 3,021 from 4,643 people earlier in the day. Most of the evacuees who returned to their homes were from Johor Baharu. In the other districts, 1,515 people are still at relief centres in Muar, 1,195 in Segamat and 18 in Kota Tinggi. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has issued a warning of strong north-easterly winds of 40 kph to 50 kph and waves as high as 3 metres in the waters off Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, eastern Johor, Sarawak, Labuan and western Sabah until Dec 29.A statement issued by the department said the situation was dangerous to small boats and all forms of maritime activities. A high tide phenomenon is expected in the coastal areas of the east coast of the peninsula and western Sarawak between Friday and Dec 29, it said.

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December 18, 2007 12:36 PM
More Flood Victims Evacuated In Kelantan

KOTA BAHARU, Dec 18 (Bernama) -- More people were evacuated in Kelantan this morning as the situation in flood-hit Pasir Mas worsened with over 7,000 more victims moved to relief centres in the district. A spokesman at the Kelantan police flood operations room said the total number of evacuees had soared to 10,321 people, from 8,066 last night. Besides Pasir Mas, the other flood evacuees are in Tanah Merah district (233 people), Kota Baharu (122) and Machang (138)," he told Bernama.

The overflow of water from Sungai Golok, as a result of a burst dam in South Thailand, has affected Tumpat where 1,922 people have been evacuated in the district since last night. Meanwhile, Jalan Pantai Cahaya Bulan here has been opened to all traffic. The main roads which remain close are Jalan Pasir Mas-Rantau Panjang at Km13 and Jalan Tumpat-Pengkalan Kubor which are under 0.8m of water. The stretch at Km65 of the Jalan Gua Musang-Kuala Krai and an alternative road between Kota Baharu and Gua Musang via Jeli-Dabong-Meranto are also closed to all vehicles due to a landslide.

The spokesman said motorists from Kuala Lumpur to Kelantan could use the East-West Highway from Gerik, Perak, or to enter through Terengganu. The water levels at the main rivers in Kelantan -- Sungai Kelantan, Sungai Golok and Sungai Semerak -- showed a slow drop.Meanwhile, the search for a youth, believed to have drowned in Sungai Kwang Kampung Bukit Mas, Tanah Merah, continues Tuesday. The floods in Kelantan have so far claimed 13 lives.

In PAHANG, the number of flood evacuees has dropped despite more poeple
being evacuated in Pekan, Maran, Bera and Kuantan. A Pahang police flood operations room spokesman said that as at
8am today, 23,026 people from 5,023 families were still at 142 flood relief centres, down from 23,102 people yesterday evening. He said Pekan had the most evacuees at 10,193 people, from 9,379 yesterday while in Maran, 3,235 had been evacuated, from 3,086 people yesterday.
Bera and Kuantan also recorded an increase in the number of flood evacuees, totalling 2,257 people and 1,215 people, respectively. In Temerloh, some of the evacuees had returned home with 4,069 people still at relief centres from 4,649 people yesterday while in Rompin the numver had dropped to 2,057 from 2,581 yesterday. Several roads are still closed to traffic. They are Jalan Pekan-Rompin at KM19; KM8 Rompin-Muadzam Shah, Jalan Kuantan-Segamat and Jalan Temerloh-Triang.
The floods in Pahang have claimed nine lives. The latest victim was Yusman Osman, 30, who was found drowned in a swamp at Kampung Serandu,Pekan, Monday. Yusman, who was disabled, was believed to have gone out on his own in his wheelchair about
6.20am. He was believed to have fallen off the wheelchair when it slipped near the swamp. His body was found about 4.40pm.

In JOHOR, moderate rain in several parts of the state forced more people to evacuate and as at 8am today, there are 4,643 people from 927families at 47 flood relief centres, from 3,633 people Monday. A spokesman of the Johor flood operations room said two more relief centres had been opened in Johor Baharu which now recorded 1,695 evacuees from 408 families at 10 relief centres.
In Muar, 1,621 people from 421 families have been evacuated to 14 relief centres and in Segamat, 1,230 people from 329 families are being sheltered at 19 flood relief centres.
In Batu Pahat, 63 people from 15 families are staying at two relief centres and in Kota Tinggi, 34 people from seven families are at two relief centres. The Meterological Department issued a warning of strong north easterly winds of between 40 and 50 kmph with waves as high as 3.6m in east Johor at Pantai Mersing and Kota Tinggi which are expected to continue until Thursday.

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Malaysiakini has yet to mention the woes in the current Floods - news that does not matter but the plight of the rural folks deserves our attention and concern or is it just for the Government alone?. We can see the DPM rushing back to his Pekan constituency now almost completely submerged and more to come on Dec 21st 07 when there will be high tide to compound the flood waters coming downstream.
It is so comforting for him to dish out all the necessities including the extras like "formula milk, sanitary towels and torchlights" in return for the assured votes in the coming GE. Now is the time for th BN to be extra hardworking
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More Return To Relief Centres As Water Levels Rise

JOHOR BAHARU, Dec 17 (Bernama) -- The number of flood evacuees in Johor went up again today as more people returned to the relief centres due to

rising water levels in the affected areas. As at 10pm, the number of evacuees was 3,633 from 927 families at 46 relief centres, compared with 3,109 people at 6pm. The highest number of evacuees was recorded in Muar, totalling 1,621 at 14 relief centres, followed by Segamat with 1,230 evacuees at 19 relief centres.

ABOVE & BELOW: Residents of Segamat in Johore ar lucky this time, the business areas are not affected.

Following heavy rain today, seven relief centres in Johor Baharu, which had been closed earlier, had to be reopened to provide shelter for 685 people. Two relief centres in Kota Tinggi were also reopened today to cater for 34 flood victims, while 64 people were evacuated to three relief centresin Batu Pahat. The water level of Sungai Muar at Buloh Kasap, Muar was at 9.62m, which was above the danger level of 9.14m, while Sungai Segamat at Segamat was at 8.52m (alert level is 8.53m).

The reading of Sungai Muar at Bukit Kepong was 4.78m (danger level is 2.74m), Sungai Bekok at Bekok Dam, Batu Pahat was 16.77m (alert level is 16.5m) while at Sungai Simpang Kiri, Sri Medan, Batu Pahat, it was 2.06m(alert level is 2m).

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December 17, 2007 23:53 PM

Floods Hit Four Districts In Kedah

KUALA NERANG, Dec 17 (Bernama) -- Floods hit four districts in Kedah today following heavy rain since two days ago. Several areas in Padang Terap, Kubang Pasu, Sik and Baling are reported to be under one to two metres of water since this morning.

ABOVE & BELOW: Houses in Jitra are flooded

A state flood operations room spokesman said more than 130 families from the affected districts had been evacuated. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid visited the flood-hit areas in Kuala Nerang today where 57 families had been evacuated. He said the situation was expected to worsen within 24 hours when water from the upper reaches flowed downstream, adding that the water level at the Gubir Dam was at 18m, surpassing the danger level of 17.07m. He said that according to the Meteorologicl Department, more heavy rain was expected in the state on Dec 20 and 21.
ABOVE & BELOW: In some parts, the floods are not so severe

Meanwhile, in Baling, 300 people from 47 families had been evacuated to the flood relief centres. Kupang assemblyman Datuk Ismail Bakar said those evacuated were from Kampung Kota Aur, Kampung Cenerai di Mukim Siong, Kampung Baru, Kampung Bukit Sebelah, Kampung Siput, Kampung Paya, Kampung Banggol Derun and Kampung Bawah Gunung.

In KELANTAN, the flood situation is reported to have worsened with 8,066 people evacuated, the highest number being in the Pasir Mas district at ,216. A Kelantan police flood operations room spokesman said other evacuees comprised 136 in the Kota Baharu district, Machang (248), Kuala Krai (five), Tumpat (894) and Tanah Merah (567)."The main road to Pantai Cahaya Bulan, which is under 0.6m to 1.5m of water, is still closed to all traffic, and also Jalan Kuala Krai-Gua Musang at Km65 due to a landslide.
"The water levels at Sungai Golok and Sungai Kelantan are reported to be receding but still at the danger level," he said.

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Monday December 17, 2007; MYT 1:11:20 PM

Thai dam breaks, more floods for Kelantan

ABOVE: the raging waters in Sungai Golak Kelantan and BELOW: water level Up to the tree tops

KUALA LUMPUR: Residents in northern Kelantan have warned to brace for worsening floods after a dam broke in south Thailand. "I was told the broken dam has caused a higher volume of water to enter Sungai Golok and move towards Rantau Panjang and other adjacent areas,” Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

ABOVE: Rantau Panjang, Kelantan, up to to rooftop; BELOW: Water Football is possible if the goal post is extended

"The situation may worsen the floods in Kelantan. I will visit the state on Wednesday to assess the situation," the Deputy Prime Minister told reporters at Parliament House on Monday. He said the floods had eased in Johor and Pahang.

ABOVE & BELOW: The infrastructure damaged will have to wait for repairs

However, the infrastructure damage was serious and repair work would only begin once the situation had improved. He also warned that a second stage of heavy rains might come soon, which may cause high tides and further floods. "We are ready to face this second stage of rainfall. The relevant authorities, including the armed forces and the police, have put their personnel and equipment on standby," he added.
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High tide a few days from now will make things worse

Reports by Lee Shi-Ian, Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah, Jassmine Shadiqe, Shahrum Sayuthi and Chong Chee Seong

KUANTAN: Towns at river estuaries along the east coast have been put on high alert following forecast of a high tide phenomenon on Dec 21. The high tide was expected to aggravate the floods, especially in some of the towns which had been inundated with water, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday. Preparations were being made for the phenomenon, including possible evacuation and strengthening relief supply lines for food and essential items.

ABOVE & BELOW: The celestial alignment that will bring in more troubles on 21st Dec 2007

"We are all prepared for the high tide on Dec 21 which may cause more floods in areas near the river estuaries," he said when met at the flood relief centre in Lepar, near here, yesterday. Najib made a stopover at the centre during a visit to flood-hit areas here and in Bera. "Although floodwaters in some areas seem to be subsiding, we do not expect it to recede as fast as expected, especially in the worst affected places." Najib said the biggest threat was from a huge body of water trapped upstream following heavy rains. "That is our main worry because once the water starts to flow downstream and coupled with the sea's high-tide effect, it could aggravate the floods."

ABOVE & BELOW: Aerial Views of Kuantan Coastal Areas flooded

Najib, nonetheless, expressed confidence that agencies tasked with the relief operation were fully prepared for any eventuality. "I can see that the relief operations have been carried out smoothly.

ABOVE & BELOW: The rural folks have known floods a long time ago and build their houses on silts to avoid the flood waters

"There were problems in areas that have been cut off by floods but we managed to send relief supplies using army vehicles, boats and helicopters."Najib said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, who was with him yesterday, was co-ordinating relief supply operations and had made Kuantan the supply hub.

"Armed forces personnel will do their part in distributing the supplies," added Najib, who is also the defence minister.He lauded the corporate bodies and non-governmental organisations for their contributions to the relief operations.

ABOVE & BELOW: The bare necessities for food (biscuit, instant noodle) is not enough. For better vote bargaining with the GE coming, the flood victims are asking for more

On complaints by some flood victims that they had not received food supplies, he said the problem arose mainly among those who refused to move to relief centres despite being ordered to do so. "There are no problems at the relief centres.

ABOVE: Bags of rice for distribution is not enough, they want others like formula milk, sanitary towels and torchlights.

"Nonetheless, I have directed that food and other supplies be delivered to these people even if they refuse to move out from their homes." Najib said the authorities had also included other items for evacuees such as formula milk, sanitary towels and torchlights. He also advised traders in flood-hit areas not to take advantage of the victims by raising prices of essential items. "Some of the stuff needed by the flood victims are not on the price-controlled list. We can't do much if the traders hike the prices.

ABOVE & BELOW:Pekan town is submerged

"However, I would like to call on them (traders) to consider the hardship of the victims and not just think about reaping profits." Najib's advice came following reports of price hikes of items such as candles, which are being sold at RM4 each in several areas in Bera where electricity was cut off.

ABOVE & BELOW: In Pekan low lying areas, water reached the rooftops of most houses

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