BATU PAHAT,. More than 300 flood victims, housed in a temporary relief centre at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Chong Hwa Sri Medan, here, will be relocated to another shelter due to a flooding incident since two days ago.
Batu Pahat district police chief ACP Ismail Dollah said all victims will be moved to SJKC Hwa Ming, Taman Maju, here tonight, using assets from various agencies among them the Fire and Rescue Department and Malaysian Armed Forces.
“This (current) relief centre can accommodate 300 people, however, when flood waters rose to about 0.3 metres (m), we decided that they must get out of here,” he told Bernama when met, here.
Currently, this relief centre is housing 315 individuals from 110 families since it opened on March 2.
One of the victims at the relief centre, Siti Sarah Sulaiman, 35, said the flood waters began to rise in the centre since two days ago, causing her much anxiety.
The mother of three said she was evacuated to the relief centre on Thursday after her house in Parit Simen Sri Basir was inundated with waist-high flood waters.
“At that time, the relief centre was not flooded but after two days (on Saturday), the water level began to rise.
“I became worried as there was a two-year-old child who wanted to ‘play’ in the (flood) waters,” she said, adding that she was relieved when told they were going to move to another relief centre.
A check by Bernama at Sri Medan Jaya, here, found the town was paralysed by floods as roads were submerged and were only open to heavy vehicles and four-wheel drives. There were also some houses in Jalan Besar Sri Medan that were still flooded.