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03 Februari 2011

MORE EVACUEES RETURN HOME

Ghani at Sekolah Kebangsaan Simpang 5 Darat relief centre.

The flood victims were given food items, blankets and clothings.

MUAR: The flood situation in Johor continued to improve yesterday as rain eased off in almost all areas in the state.

Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who toured flood-hit areas in Muar and Ledang districts yesterday nonetheless directed all agencies to continue be on alert.

"We need to keep surveillance on water levels and be ready to evacuate affected residents."

He said despite water levels receding and improving weather, flooding in low-lying areas could still occur as rivers were prone to overflowing their banks.

Ghani said the current flood was unlike the major disaster in 2006 as this time, heavy rain seemed to only persist in Segamat district.

"We are keeping a close watch on three rivers in Segamat, Batu Pahat and Muar to ensure excessive water does not overflow the banks," he said when met at one of the five relief centres in Ledang.

Ghani was accompanied by his wife Professor Datin Paduka Dr Jamilah Ariffin, who is also the president of Johor Association of State Assemblymen's Wives (Juita). With them were Ledang member of parliament Hamim Samuri, assemblymen Goh Tee Tee of Tangkak and M. M. Asojan of Gambir and community leaders.

The five relief centres in Ledang were SK Abdullah, Bukit Kangkar hall, SK Sialang, Sekolah Agama Simpang Lima Darat and SK Simpang Lima Darat which yesterday housed 448 families comprising 2,306 people including 32 babies under 2 years old.

The flood victims were given food items, blankets and clothings.

Ghani said as of 8am yesterday, about 47,000 people were still at 232 relief centres in Johor with Segamat topping the list with 21,000 people.

The numbers dropped further at noon to 43,364 people at 227 relief centres.

Meanwhile, Jamilah said Juita members had been mobilised to assist flood victims and a contribution of RM50,000 was made for those in Ledang.

SOURCE: NST, FEB 3, 2011

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