Floods force more than 400 from their homes in Johor

The Johor disaster management committee secretariat says it has opened eight shelters across four districts today, as heavy rain causes flooding. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 24, 2023.

AUTHORITIES have said 422 people have been evacuated to eight relief temporary relief centres in three Johor districts as of 2pm.

The state disaster management committee secretariat said eight centres in Kluang, Kota Tinggi, and Segamat were opened at 11am after continuous rain since early this morning.

“Currently, 105 families are taking shelter in five centres in Segambat, nine families in two centres in Kluang, and one centre in Kota Tinggi,” the secretariat said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Meteorological Department has issued a danger-level continuous heavy rain warning in Kluang, Mersing, Kota Tinggi, Kulai, and Johor Baru.

It said severe weather conditions were expected in Pontian, Segamat, and Batu Pahat, while the alert-level warning was issued for Tangkak and Muar.

Four rivers in Johor are at dangerous levels: Sungai Muar (river mouth of Sungai Gemas) at 19m; Sungai Lenik (Ladang Chaah) at 6.18m, Sungai Segamat (Sungai Segamat Kecil) at 38.1m, and Sungai Kahang (Kampung Contoh) at 14m. – Bernama, January 24, 2023.

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