Flood Paralyses Kuantan Town Centre, Four States also Affected

Published on : Wednesday, December 4, 2013

flash floodFloodwater in Pahang has almost crippled the town centre and surrounding areas. There is no electricity and water supply in most parts, and over 37,127 people have already been evacuated in Johor, Terengganu, and Kelantan.

 

The Malaysian Meteorological Department issued an orange level warning of continuous heavy rainfall in several areas of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu until tomorrow.

 

In Pahang, 22,395 people had been moved to relief centres in the state as of 10pm with the flood now spreading to Lipis.

 

In Kuantan, the phone lines and handphone coverage are not stable, making it difficult to reach the police and other agencies. The power grid shutdown affected DiGi services, mainly in the southern part of Kuantan and some areas in Kemaman. Petrol stations faced problems too as they need electricity to operate the pumps causing long lines of motorists at stations on the outskirts of the town.

 

Most of the business premises were closed while several fuel stations and grocery stores opened was swarmed by panic motorists. Several relief centres were experiencing problems on food supply and other essential necessities as they had been cut off due to the floods.

 

Many main roads have been closed including Jalan Jerangau-Jabor in Dungun which was shut to all traffic after floodwaters reached a metre high.

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