MALACCA, Feb 7, 2016:

The number of flood victims sheltered at the 13 relief centres in Melaka continued to rise to 3,092 involving 670 families as at noon today.

The Malacca director of the Malaysian Civil Defence Department (JPAM), Lt-Col Effendy Ali said of the total, seven relief centres were opened in Alor Gajah while Melaka Tengah and Jasin had three centres each.

“The Melaka Tengah district had the highest number of flood victims with 1,530, followed by Alor Gajah (1,480 victims) and Jasin (82),” he told Bernama, here today.

In the district of Melaka Tengah, 1,024 victims were sheltered at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Munshi Abdullah, Sekolah Kebangsaan Kerubong (388), and Masjidul Rahman Tanah Merah Kerubong (118).

He said that in the Alor Gajah district, 552 victims were sheltered at Sekolah Kebangsaan Belimbing Dalam, Balai Raya Taman Seri Bayu (499), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Pengkalan (309), Sekolah Kebangsaaan Ganun (60), Balai Raya Kampung Beringin (34), Balai Raya Bukit Balai (18) and Balai Raya Bukit Tambun (8).

Effendy said another 55 victims were given shelter at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Simpang Bekoh, Sekolah Kebangsaan Chohong (24) and Balai Raya Asahan (3).

He said aid and contributions to the victims were being distributed according to their needs to ensure that they were comfortable.

Meanwhile in Seremban, two temporary evacuation centres were closed while five others were still operating as at noon.

Negri Sembilan JPAM director, Lt-Kol Kamal Mokhtar said the two centres were the Surau Kampung Nerambai and Kampung Lubok Cina Community Hall, in Rembau and Port Dickson which sheltered 23 victims and were closed at 9.22 am today.

Five others that were still operating were the ones at Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Kelamah which sheltered 598 victims; Masjid Sungai Dua (22); Parit Buloh Community Hall, Air Kuning (17); Sungai Kelamah Community Hall (seven) and Sekolah Kebangsaan Ladang, Gemas (four), all in Tampin.

“The total number of victims at the moment is 648 involving 158 families,” he said in a statement, in Seremban today.

The number of flood victims in Negri Sembilan was dropping from 671 in the morning to 648 victims as at 12 noon.

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