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Pahang floods: Only two evacuation centres remain open

KUANTAN: Two flood relief centres were closed as of noon today following improved weather condition in Pahang.

This led to the drop in the number of flood victims to 316 people from 88 families compared to 351 people from 96 families earlier in the morning.

Civil Defence Force director Colonel Zainal Yusoff said flood victims from Bera and Rompin were allowed to return home after the areas were officially declared safe.

He said the Rakan Muda Complex in Bera was closed at 11am followed by Rompin’s Balairaya Kampung Rekoh at noon.

However, two centres in Temerloh are still operational. SK Batu Kapur is sheltering 283 evacuees from 79 families, while SK Bukit Cermin has 33 victims from nine families.

Zainal added that Rompin’s flood was due to continuous downpour which led to overflow of river water into the nearby residential areas.

He said the drainage and irrigation system was unable to hold the excess of water in the area.

Two rivers remained on alert levels in Pahang while another two were placed at the precautionary zone.

Meanwhile, Jalan Serengkam in Maran and Jalan Batu Kapor-Sungai Buluh in Temerloh remained closed to light vehicles due to flooding.

As for the weather condition, thunderstorms are expected for Temerloh, Maran, Jerantut, Raub, Lipis, Cameron Highlands and Bentong this evening.

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