Almost 4,000 people displaced by floods in Johor

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JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Johor has recorded almost 4,000 victims currently seeking shelter at 53 temporary flood relief centres in seven of the state's flood-affected districts.

In a statement, the Johor Disaster Management committee said the most affected district was Mersing with 1,262 victims, followed by Kota Tinggi with 1,071 victims and Kluang with 1,053 victims.

The rest are Segamat (342), Kulai (80), Muar (21), and Batu Pahat (six).

"There are two roads in Kota Tinggi that have been closed down due to the flood, namely Jalan Kampung Tunjuk Dalam near Ladang Bukit Kelompok and Ladang Bukit Payong, and Jalan Dalam Kampung Mawai Lama," it said.

Meanwhile, Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Ahsmon Bajah said that a bus has broken down while trying to cross a flooded road at Batu 18, Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing.

"There were no casualties reported in the incident," he said.

Meanwhile, flooding in remote parts of Sarawak has made cooking impossible in many parts as gas cylinders run empty and the wood is damp from the rain, Malaysia Kini reported.

Trapped flood victims are pleading for help via social media.

Around 500 people from the Lakiput ethnic group in remote Kampung Kuala Tutoh are under 0.7m of water and unable to make the six hour boat ride to the nearest town because it is too dangerous.

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Authorities have managed to send supplies of dry and canned food to the area, but residents say they urgently need cooking gas.

Flooding has hit Kelantan too.

Salihah, 39, pointed out that there were no drains in her village in Pasir Tumboh.

"When it rains non-stop, my house in Kampung Kubang Keranji in Pasir Tumboh will be flooded immediately."

"In recent years, we have seen massive development in the surrounding area, and we are suffering as a result because there has been no initiative to improve the drainage system. We have to put up with stagnant water every time it rains for hours."

"I really hope the authorities would do something. I hope they do not wait until a major disaster occurs before taking action, " she said.

The massive 2014 flood in Kelantan was described as "tsunami-like" because it left villages and even townships in ruin, and scores of houses were flattened, especially in Kuala Krai district.

It was also dubbed the yellow flood because of high mud content.

The worst floods in Kelantan that occurred in the last century were recorded in 1926 and 1967.

Salihah, a mother of six children aged between six and 20, fears the worst as the floodwater appeared to be "flowing at a faster pace" lately.

"Water gushed into my house this week. My kitchen is still flooded, but we are staying put."

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