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KUANTAN – The seven flood victims are still at the relief centre at Masjid Kampung Kuala Semantan, Raub , as at 10 am today, from 13 people yesterday.

Pahang Civil Defence Force (APM) director Zainal Yusoff said they were evacuated when their houses were inundated following heavy rain yesterday.

He said some of them returned home in stages this morning .

All the evacuees are expected to return home by end of the day, he said in a statement here today. – BERNAMA

KOTA KINABALU – Two primary schools in Beluran, about 305 km from here, were closed today due to floods.

Sabah Education director, Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul said they were closed because the roads to the schools and some of the school buildings were inundated.

“The affected schools are Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Binsulung and SK Bawang with a total of 28 teachers and 404 pupils,” she said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Sabah Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM) director, Col. Mulliadi Al-Hamdi Ladin said according to the Pitas district education officer, two schools in the district, namely SK Kusilad and SK Sosop which were closed yesterday due to floods, were re-opened today. – BERNAMA

MELAKA – The number of flood victims in Melaka remained at 54 as of 5pm today involving 15 families at Taman Awan Biru, Alor Gajah.

Melaka State Disaster Management Committee secretariat Lt Col. Effendy Ali said the victims were evacuated to Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Petai in Alor Gajah at 8am this morning.

Good weather prevailed in the afternoon, he said in a statement today. – BERNAMA

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LA PAZ – A state of emergency has been declared in the western Bolivian city of Guanay, where about 300 families have been affected by flooding, but no injuries or deaths have occurred, media reports said on Sunday.

The mayor’s office issued a state of emergency declaration on Saturday in Guanay, located 256 kilometres (159 miles) from La Paz.

The Mapiri, Tipuani and Challana rivers overflowed their banks, unleashing floodwaters that rose to two to three meters (6.5 to nearly 10 feet) in the city, Mayor Roger Tintaya said.

City officials, police officers and army troops are helping flood victims, who were forced to move to higher ground or the upper stories of houses, Tintaya told Erbol radio.

The communities of Santa Rosa and Candelaria, located outside Guanay, have also been affected by flooding, Tintaya said.

Guanay is in a subtropical region near the Pilon Lajas nature preserve and Indian reservation in La Paz province. – BERNAMA

SEREMBAN – The Syarikat Air Negeri Sembilan Sdn Bhd (SAINS) has denied there was breakdown of the Pedas Dam which caused floods in Rembau and surrounding areas yesterday.

Its director Wan Rasdi Wan Ismail said the floods were due to heavy rain which caused the river water to overflow.

He believed the rumours were created to worsen the situation.

“The Pedas Dam is in good condition, and even if it fills up, the water will be released in a spillway into the river.

“I urge the public not to panic, there is no need to viral something which is not true,” he told Bernama today.

He was commenting on the flood situation in Rembau and Kuala Pilah which, according to a viral message, was caused by the ‘breakdown’ of the Pedas Dam.

Meanwhile in SEREMBAN, the flood evacuation centre at the Sungai Timun Community Hall in Rembau was closed at 1pm today, after the flood waters receded.

According to Malaysia Civil Defence Force Major Mohd Rohaidi Halim, all 31 victims from five families were allowed to return home. – BERNAMA

REMBAU – Aid to 200 residents of two villages affected by flash floods will be handed over to them tomorrow.

Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin said Kampung Batu and Kampung Pulau were inundated in 0.62 metres of water.

“My office and the Social Welfare Department will give them the necessary aid,” he told reporters after visiting victims of the flood in Kampung Batu here today.

Khairy, who is also youth and sports minister, said the floods were due to torrental rain since last night, causing Sungai Rembau to overflow its banks.

Asked if there was a proposal to build a flood mitigation bund in Kampung Batu, which was flooded for the first time, he said a decision would be made after the state drainage and irrigation department and other agencies concluded their investigations.

No flood relief centre had been opened to date, he added. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Nine streets in the federal capital were affected by flash floods at about 5.40pm today.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Enforcement Department director Ab Salim Mansor said the affected locations were Jalan Bangsar; Jalan Kemuja; Jalan Maarof; Jalan Sultan Ismail-Jalan Ampang junction; Jalan Pantai Baru; Jalan Pudu; Jalan Raja Chulan near Ambank and Telekom Museum; Jalan Maharajalela and Jalan Permaisuri.

He said DBKL had stationed 50 traffic personnel and mobilised 10 rescue squads for any emergences.

“Heavy rain began late evening causing several roads to be inundated by 0.6 metre of water.

“Nonetheless, the water in most of the roads have subsided except Jalan Permaisuri which is still flooded,” he told Bernama when contacted today. – BERNAMA

KUANTAN – The flood situation in Rompin has fully recovered after the last relief centre was closed at Kampung Rekoh community hall at noon today.

State Civil Defence Force director Zainal Yusoff said 26 evacuees from six families were allowed to return home in stages since this morning after the flood waters receded.

“All of them are allowed to go home after the flood waters subsided following the hot weather over the last three days,” he said in a statement here today. – BERNAMA

JOHOR BAHRU – The number of flood victims in the district of Segamat continues to drop, from 78 (19 families) this morning to 33 comprising seven families at 12noon.

State Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said in a statement here today that the victims were sheltered at two evacuation centres, Balai Raya Batu Badak and Sekolah Kebangsaan Spang Loi.

Another centre opened earlier, at Balai Raya Pogoh Tengah, has now been closed, he said. – BERNAMA

JOHOR BAHRU – The flood situation has improved in Segamat with only 78
residents remaining at three flood evacuation centres as at 8am this morning.

At 7pm last night, there were 111 flood victims comprising 25 families
staying at the evacuation centres at Balairaya Pogoh Tengah, Kompleks Penghulu
Mukim Pogoh, Balairaya Batu Badak and Sekolah Kebangsaan Spang Loi.

“However, the weather has improved and one of the four centres, Kompleks
Penghulu Mukim Pogoh is now closed,” said state Environment and Health Committee
chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat in a statement here today.

As of this morning, the water level at two main rivers in the district,
Sungai Muar Kampung Awat and Sungai Muar Buluh Kasap are at 19.43 metres and
8.53 metres, as against the danger level of 19.95 metres and 9.14 metres.
— BERNAMA