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CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Nov 8, 2014:

The water level at the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam here was back to normal today, that is, at 3.498m compared with the danger level of 3.509m recorded on Wednesday.

Cameron Highlands District Police Chief Deputy Superintendent Wan Zahari Wan Busu said following the stable water level, there had been no overflow of water reported so far.

At the same time, Wan Zahari said that there was no road closure from Tapah to Cameron Highlands following the floods there.

“However, there was traffic congestions on several stretches of the route in Tapah due to the landslide along the hill slopes which forced the affected parts of the road to be turned into a one-lane stretch,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Director of the Pahang Fire and Rescue Department, Morni Mamat said the department had stationed eight personnel in the dam area.

The move was to monitor the dam area in case heavy rain occurred and those stationed there would inform the department if there was any release of water from the dam if the heavy rain persisted, he said.

“In fact, the disaster operations centre in Lembah Bertam is still open to monitor the weather and if there is any flash floods.”

In the incident at 6.30pm on Wednesday, settlers on the banks of Sungai Bertam, near here were ordered to evacuate when water from the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam was released in stages as the level had risen due to a heavy downpour.

Meanwhile, Ringlet town was also hit by flash floods when the water in the river nearby overflowed after a heavy downpour that lasted an hour.

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