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Event: FL Flood
Number: 2017-000002
Country: MYS Malaysia
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Date (YMD): 2017-1-5
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Comments: The seasonal heavy continuous rains in the East Coast of Malaysia from 26th December 2016 have caused flooding in two states, namely, Kelantan and Terengganu. The floods have temporarily displaced about 25,000 people and have rendered some villages inaccessible due to damaged bridges and blocked roads. Public facilities including health centres and schools were also inundated. Schools were cancelled in many of the districts as they were converted into evacuation centres. In Kelantan, three main rivers, Sungai Golok, Sungai Galas and Sungai Kelantan, have overflown and flooded several districts including Bachok, Gua Musang, Jeli, Kota Bahru, Machang, Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Tanah Merah, Tumpat and Kuala Krai. Meanwhile, in Terengganu, Sungai Besut, Sungai Terengganu and Sungai Setiu have reached critical level prompting the authorities to evacuate communities from the districts along these rivers. As of yesterday, 4th January 2017, the Terengganu state flood watch online portal stated that a total of 7,752 people (2,450 families) have been moved to 101 relief centres which was an increase of 20% from the previous Information bulletin Malaysia: Seasonal Flooding MRC Terengganu helping evacuees in Kampung Tadok week. In Kelantan, almost 11,250 (3348 families) people have been moved to 125 evacuation centre. About 68 schools in the two states were closed to accommodate the evacuees. As of today, 5 th January 2017, water levels in most of the rivers are receding as the rains in the east coast has stopped for the last 24 hours. Some of the evacuees are already leaving the evacuation centres. The authorities have closed 50 out of the 125 evacuation centres in Kelantan with 1,200 families returning to their homes in the districts of Kuala Krai, Machang and Pasir Puteh. Six schools in Terengganu and seven schools in Kelantan were reopened today. The district of Tanah Merah in Kelantan is still in critical situation as flood waters from the Kelantan River in that part is receding at a very slow rate.
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