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23 Oct 07
Floods Hit Muar, 200 Evacuated
Today Online 25 Oct 07
Johor floods force 1,000 villagers to flee homes
MUAR — More than 1,000 people in Johor were forced to evacuate their homes a floods caused by heavy rain over the past few days clogged drains, The Star reported yesterday.
District Officer Abdul Rahman Jaafar said that up to noon on Tuesday, some 1,065 villagers from 225 villages were evacuated to seven relief centres after the district was hit by heavy rain late on Monday, the report said.
According to many evacuees, the rain began at about 9pm on Monday and by midnight, the water had flooded their house compounds.
One of the evacuees, Ms Saniah Mohd Yusof, said she sought shelter at SK Parit Jamil relief centre along with other villagers when the water level was knee-high on Tuesday. "I have been living in the village all my life and this is the first time I have to stay at a relief centre," the newspaper quoted her as saying.
Mr Abdul Rahman said many drains in villages between Muar and Sri Menanti were clogged with undergrowth, and added that he has ordered the relevant departments to act against the contractors who failed to clear the drains and creeks.
In seeking to ease the flow of water, the government will build seven culverts, each costing RM200,000 ($86,635), between Muar and Batu Pahat, said Mr Abdul Rahman. Four water pumps, each costing RM500,000, will also be installed at Parit Jawa, Parit Jamil, Parit Kedondong and Sri Menanti.
Bernama 23 Oct 07
Floods Hit Muar, 200 Evacuated
MUAR, Oct 23 (Bernama) -- About 200 people were evacuated when floods hit Mukim Bandar and Mukim Parit Bakar here after a six-hour downpour which lasted until this morning. They are being sheltered at Sekolah Seri Jong, Sekolah Parit Bakar Tengah and Sekolah Kebangsaan Parit Raja, near Parit Bakar, here.
Maharani assemblyman Datuk Mohd Ismail Mohd Shah said the victims were evacuated since dawn when floodwaters rose to half a metre in certain places. Among the affected villages are Kampung Kelantan, Parit Perupok, Parit Keroma, Parit Sakai and Parit Raja, and Muar town.
The situation remained unchanged until 4pm today. "I believe that if it doesn't rain again, the floodwaters will recede," said Mohd Ismail, adding that food, blankets and other essentials had been sent to the relief centres.
Meanwhile, several villages in Mukim Bakri and Air Hitam were under 0.4 metres of water. However, there was no evacuation. Among the affected areas in Mukim Bakri are Kampung Parit Zin, Kampung Batu 5, Bakri, Parit Wahid, Parit Mohamad, Jalan Sungai Abong and Kampung Jeram Masjid while in Air Hitam, floods hit the Jalan Kampung Kelantan village, Parit Haji Karim and the penghulu complex at Batu 18 as well as the surrounding areas.
Bakri Umno division chief Datuk Abdullah Ali who visited the flood-stricken areas said the floodwaters receded rather quickly in certain areas as the clogged waterways were cleaned up late last year and early this year.
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