no sign of floods easing up

No Sign Of Floods Easing Up In Johor, 92,000 At Relief Centres

JOHOR BAHARU, Jan 14 (Bernama) — There is no sign whatsoever of the second wave of floods in Johor since late Thursday easing up, as more people are being evacuated to relief centres.

This morning, the number of evacuees sheltered at 355 relief centres increased to 92,511 from 74,000 Saturday night.

The situation in Batu Pahat district had deteriorated, with 28,061 victims currently housed at relief centres, an increase of 12,461 from last night’s 15,600, a spokesman of the Johor police flood operations room said today.

In KLUANG, 16,254 people have sought refuge at relief centres, Johor Baharu South (11,175), Johor Baharu North (6,742), Kota Tinggi (11,066), Segamat (6,214), Mersing (5,979), Muar (3,770) and Pontian (3,250).

The weather in Johor Baharu and Kluang this morning is cloudy with intermittent rain. However, moderately heavy rain is reported in Kota Tinggi and Segamat since Saturday, forcing two rivers running through the heart of the two towns to overflow the banks.

The Department of Meteorology had forcast incessant rain in Johor would persist until Monday.

Meanwhile, Kota Tinggi town is still under one metre of water in certain areas as Sungai Johor overflowed its banks two days ago, cutting off road links between the town to Johor Baharu and Mersing.

Currently, Kota Tinggi is only accessible by boats and helicopters.

The roads closed to traffic are Jalan Seelong-Ulu Tiram, Km3 Jalan Ulu Choh-Gelang Patah, Km32 Bandar Tenggara, Km24 Jalan Kota Tinggi-Kulai, Km26 Jalan Kota Tinggi-Kulai, near Sungai Telor. Other roads are Km40 Jalan Kota Tinggi-Johor Baharu at Kampung Batu 23, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang in Bandar Tenggara, Km24 Jalan Mawai at Jalan Tun Habab and Km68.8 Jalan Kota Tinggi. I

n KLUANG, a landslide had occurred at Bandar Tenggara, near Felda Pengelih Timur. Roads impassable to traffic in the district are Jalan Mersing-Kota Tinggi, Mersing-Kluang, Segamat-Labis, Labis-Yong Peng, Labis-Muar, Kluang-Mersing and Kluang-Bandar Tenggara at Sungai Sembrong bridge.

In BATU PAHAT, Km3 Jalan Yong Peng-Chaah and Km26 Jalan Batu Pahat-Ayer Hitam are closed to traffic. In MUAR, Km29.6 Jalan Parit Sulong-Bakri and Km70 Jalan Muar-Labis are out of bounds to light vehicles.

— BERNAMA

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