The old Bukit Tinggi-Genting Sempah road had been closed due to landslides but the road leading towards Janda Baik was still passable.
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Continuous heavy rain yesterday, 11 May, has caused several areas in Janda Baik, Bentong, to be hit by flash floods and landslides.
The rain started around 2am and caused the nearby river to rise rapidly and flood homes.
The Star reported that over 140 houses had been flooded in neighbourhoods such as Kampung Sum-Sum, Kampung Lampin, Kampung Cheringin and Kampung Pulau Santap.
According to New Straits Times, the Bentong Fire and Rescue department, Janda Baik Volunteer Fire Department (PBS) and several other agencies helped to coordinate relief efforts.
Upon receiving the alert at about 5.37pm, 19 firemen with three fire engines were deployed. Fortunately, there have been no reports of any injuries so far.
1. Continuous heavy rain from 3am today has caused several areas in Janda Baik, Bentong to be flooded and hit by landslides.— BFM News (@NewsBFM) May 11, 2022
As of 8am, more than 140 houses have been flooded in Kg Sum-Sum, Kg Lampin, Kg Cheringin and Kg Pulau Santap.
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Pahang Fire and Rescue Department deputy director (Operations) Ismail Abdul Ghani said 30 families were affected by the floods at Kampung Chemperoh and 12 families at Kampung Sum-Sum. They have all been safely evacuated.
Bentong district police chief Supt Zaiham Mohd Kahar said the water level in the area was receding.
Due to the landslides, the old Bukit Tinggi-Genting Sempah road had been closed but the road heading towards Janda Baik was still passable.
ANIH Berhad senior general manager Radzimah Mohd Radzi said the KM68 stretch along the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway (KLK) Expressway heading towards Kuala Lumpur is still safe to use despite floods in nearby areas.
Kampung Janda Baik in Bentong, Pahang hit by floods early this morning. This public picture shows a flooded area on the old Genting Sempah road at Pulau Santap📸net pic.twitter.com/XqeYsZEA9S— Kuala Lumpur Reporter 🇲🇾 (@KL_Reporter) May 11, 2022
Allahuakbar! Banjir pagi tadi di Janda Baik, Pahang. Ujian buat penduduk di sini, di bulan Syawal pulak tu🥺Semoga dipermudahkan segalanya untuk orang di sana ya! #MolekFM #jandabaikbanjir #jandabaik #hujan #banjir #pahang— Molek FM (@MolekFM) May 11, 2022
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The flood sets back chalets and homestays
The flood set back several chalets and homestays in the area that were still recovering from the devastating floods last year.
One of the affected resorts is Tiarasa Escapes Glamping Resort owned by Malaysian artist Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina.
New Straits Times reported that the resort had to be closed for 3 days. They had to ask guests to check out and return another time to enjoy the full Tiarasa experience.
The flood affected the resort’s water supply and muddied up the area and facilities such as the riverside tents and the swimming pool.
Tiara said the flood was worse than the December flood last year. Although her resort was not as badly affected as the nearby resorts due to its location on higher ground, she said it’s still sad to see videos of flooded resorts.
As we nicely got back up on our feet again, another flash flood happens. Throughout the 4 years we’ve been operating, and in the history of Janda Baik, this apparently has never happened before, and it’s really heartbreaking, frustrating and inconvenient.Malaysian artist Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina
She said the cleaning process is underway and the resort is expected to be ready for guests again by this Friday.