Malaysia floods: More than 7,500 evacuated from Johor
SEGAMAT, JOHOR - More than 7,500 people have been evacuated from Johor, with the coastal town of Mersing being the worst hit with about 5,450 displaced by the floods, said the Malaysia Civil Defence Department on Wednesday.
Responding to queries from The Straits Times, Johor Civil Defence state director, Colonel Ghazali Abdul Rahman, said there are about 7,549 people from 2,076 households who have been evacuated as of 4pm. Most have been brought to 47 relief centres in Johor, three of which were set up on Wednesday to handle the increase in evacuees.
Col. Ghazali, who is based at the Segamat civil defence operations centre, said that even though rescue operations have since stopped in Segamat, which has 1,081 victims, his rescue teams will remain on the look out for more victims as the flood could spread from other areas like Rompin or Mersing to Segamat. "This is not the first time that we experience such floods," he added. "The water will take time to subside... normally about one month."