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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Floods and evacuation in Johor


LABIS: Continuous rain and rising floodwaters forced 846 people from several villages in Tenang, where a by-election is going on, to be evacuated to relief centres on Sunday.
Among the villages are Kampung Lembah Bakti, Kg Usaha Jaya, Kg Air Panas and Kg Batu Badak, said Tenang by-election police media officer Supt Abdul Aziz Ahmad.
A house in Kampung Plentong Baru, Johor Baru is inundated with about three feet of water after Sungai Plentong overflowed on Sunday.
Heavy duty vehicles are ferrying voters through submerged access roads to the polling centres in those areas.
Police are also prepared to deploy boats to ferry voters should the situation worsen. All polling centres remain open and polling is proceeding smoothly.
Two days of non-stop rain in Johor Baru and Kota Tinggi has caused floods in several locations here.
In Kampung Baru Plentong, water levels rose knee-high due to the as the Plentong river rose.
Houses in Taman Kota Puteri, Pasir Gudang were also damaged by flooding.
In Kota Tinggi, four families from Kampung Sg Berangan had to be evacuated as water levels rose to unsafe levels there.
Police and Fire and Rescue Department officials have urged anyone with information on flooding to contact the police hotline at 07-2212999 or the Fire and Rescue department at 07-2247444.-theStarOnline

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