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Segamat And Tangkak Locals Evacuated To Shelters Due To Floods

Segamat And Tangkak Locals Evacuated To Shelters Due To Floods

Five rivers recorded dangerous levels and road closures were announced too.

Adeline Leong

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After the continuous rain last Friday night (31 Dec), water levels in rivers rose and have flooded certain towns in Johor.

As of 8 am on Sunday (2 Jan), 28 temporary relief centres (PPS) had been opened. 27 PPS are in Segamat while there’s only one PPS in Tangkak.

According to The Star, a total of 1,646 people from 425 families have been evacuated from their homes in Segamat and Tangkak since the night of 31 Dec.

The most affected areas are:

  • Kampung Baru Gemas
  • Taman Gembira
  • Taman Wira
  • Taman Bintang
  • Kampung Tenang

State Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan added that five rivers had recorded dangerous levels:

  • Sungai Kesang near Telok Rimba had risen to 3.28m over the dangerous level of 3.0m.
  • Sungai Tangkak near Kampung Seri Makmur in Tangkak was at 4.17m from 4.00m.
  • Sungai Segamat near Bandar Segamat was at 9.45m from 9.14m.
  • Sungai Lenik near Ladang Chaah in Segamat was at 5.93m from 5.50m.
  • Sungai Muar near Buloh Kasap in Segamat was at 8.74m from 8.53m.

Road closures announced

Due to the rising waters, two roads in Segamat have been closed on 1 Jan.

According to New Straits Times, the roads were Jalan Jabi in Kampung Bukit Tempurong involving closures stretching 1km.

Jalan Bangas near Kampung Simpang Loy was also closed for about 100m.

The floods have also caused these four roads in Mersing to close:

  • Jalan Kampung Orang Asli Peta
  • Jalan Kampung Orang Asli Punan
  • Jalan Bangas Kampung Simpang Loi
  • Jalan Putting

Trapped locals rescued from temple

On 1 Jan, ten people seeking shelter at the Fook Poon Thong temple were trapped when Sungai Segamat water level rose suddenly.

According to theSun, the water level was at the waist level around 5 pm. The people were rescued using several small boats and sampan believed to be owned by Kampung Lubok Batu residents.

The current flood reminded a villager M. Chandran a time when Segamat experienced a major flood in 2018.

We did not expect the water level to rise quickly. If it continues to rain, the water level will probably rise up to the first floor of the building. Four years ago, the same place was also flooded but not as bad as this.

M. Chandran told Bernama

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