Number of Johor flood evacuees jumps past 3,600

The Johor disaster management committee says 121 people in Batu Pahat have been evacuated to a flood relief centre overnight. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 25, 2023.

BATU Pahat has become the latest district in Johor to be hit by floods, as the total number of evacuees in the state rose to 3,612 at 8am today, compared to 2,912 last night.

The state disaster management committee said five more relief centres have been opened, bringing the total number to 35, in the districts of Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Mersing, Segamat and Batu Pahat.

“Segamat is the worst-affected district, with 1,392 people evacuated to 13 relief centres, followed by Kluang with 1,139 people at four centres.

“In Kota Tinggi 557 people are housed in six relief centres, while in Mersing 403 people are seeking shelter at four centres,” the committee said in a statement today.

In Batu Pahat, 121 people were staying in one relief centre.

Meanwhile, Jalan Senai-Gemas, Segamat, which was closed yesterday has been reopened to all vehicles.

Jalan Sungai Tiram-Ulu Tebrau has been closed to traffic following a landslide.

Three rivers in Johor have exceeded their danger levels: Sungai Muar (the river mouth of Sungai Gemas) at 19.1m, Sungai Segamat (Segamat Kecil) at 37.6m and Sungai Kahang (Kampung Contoh) at 15.7m. – Bernama, January 25, 2023.

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