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Floods: Number Of Victims In Sarawak Rises, Two Relief Centres Reopened

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KUALA LUMPUR – Occasional rain that occurred in Kuching resulted in two evacuation centres being reopened this morning following a rise in the number of victims, while in Sabah, the number of victims was reported to drop compared with last night.

As at 8am today, the total number of flood victims staying at the evacuation centres in the flood-affected states rose to 5,747 compared with 5,627 victims last night.

In SARAWAK, the two relief centres that were reopened were in the Kuching division which had 187 victims, raising the total number of relief centres in Sarawak to 14 compared with 12 centres last night.

A spokesman of the National Security Council (MKN) Sarawak said the number of victims being accommodated at the relief centres throughout the state this morning rose slightly to 2,761 compared with 2,563 last night.

He said the Samarahan division still had the highest number of victims with 1,225 people staying at six relief centres, Limbang (1,017 victims at four relief centres), Miri (244 victims at a relief centre), and Mukah (88 victims at a relief centre).

In SABAH, the flood situation was improving with the number of flood victims dropping to 2,697 from 830 families compared with 2,775 victims from 835 families in two districts in the state yesterday.

According to the Beaufort district police chief, DSP Mustaffa Maruf, the number of victims at four relief centres in Beaufort was 744 from 249 families while in the sub-district of Membakut, there were 1,953 victims in five relief centres from 581 families.

Four evacuation centres that were still open were at the Dewan Kampung Kukut, Dewan Kampung Suasa, Dewan Sri Dayang Lumadan and Dewan Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Gadong.

Meanwhile in KELANTAN, the number of victims remained at 255 from 62 families who were staying at eight relief centres in Kuala Krai.

A spokesman of the Kelantan MKN said all the victims were still staying at the school halls, factories and mosques as their homes were swept off by the current or severely damaged by the floods that occurred last month.

In PERAK, the number of victims remained unchanged at 34 people from 10 families staying at a relief centre.

A Perak MKN spokesman said the flood victims were now staying at the relief centre in Kampung Labit, Lenggong in the district of Hilir Perak. – BERNAMA

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