JOHOR BARU: The number of flood victims in Johor continues to rise with the latest figure at more than 5,000 in seven districts on Thursday (Jan 26).
The state Disaster Management Committee said as of 8am, there were 55 temporary flood relief centres currently housing 5,455 victims.
“Segamat is still the worst hit district with 1,801 victims followed by Kluang (1,256), Mersing (1,153), Kota Tinggi (738), Batu Pahat (272), Muar (217), and Pontian (18),” said the statement.
The Malaysia Meteorological Department warned that heavy rain would continue throughout Johor today.
Five river monitoring stations have also recorded water levels above the danger level, with three in Segamat, one in Kluang and one in Kulai.
The rivers are Sungai Gemas with a reading of 19.20m, Sungai Segamat (9.25m), Sungai Segamat Kecil (37.47m), Sungai Kahang (16.12m) and Sungai Pontian Besar (11.28m).
The stations that recorded alert levels were at Sungai Muar in Segamat (19.88m), Sungai Sarang Buaya in Muar (3.11m), Sungai Skudai (17.77m) in Kulai, Sungai Endau in Mersing (1.83m), and Sungai Sembrong in Batu Pahat (11.27m).
Eight road closures have also been placed namely Jalan Jemaluang, Jalan Nitar timur and Jalan Tanah Abang in Mersing, Jalan Ladang Siang, Jalan Mawai Lama, and Jalan Tanjung Sedili in Kota Tinggi.
Road closure also includes Jalan Sungai Tiram in Kulai and Jalan Jabi in Segamat.