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Rising Flood Evacuees in Kedah Amidst Ongoing Heavy Rainfall

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In recent days, heavy rainfall has caused significant flooding in the northern states of Perlis and Kedah, resulting in an increase in the number of people seeking shelter in relief centers. 

The northern states of Perlis and Kedah have experienced relentless rainfall, leading to severe flooding. In Kedah, reports indicate that the number of evacuees has surged from 701 individuals, representing 201 families, to a staggering 1,220 people across 372 families. These residents have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety.

The situation in Perlis is no less dire. Flash floods have affected Kampung Kubang Gajah, prompting the swift opening of a relief center at Sekolah Kebangsaan Kubang Gajah in Arau. This center has provided refuge for 42 victims from 16 families who found themselves in harm’s way due to the rising waters.

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Relief Centers In Kedah

To assist those affected, relief centers have been established in various districts in Kedah, including Kubang Pasu, Kota Setar, Pokok Sena, and Baling. In Kubang Pasu, four relief centers have been set up at SMK Changlun, Dewan Kampung Tradisi Lembah Keriang, SK Malau, and Dewan PPK Lubuk Batu. In Kota Setar, two relief centers, SK Taman Aman and SMK Kepala Batas, have been established to aid flood victims. Additionally, five more centers are operational at SK Bukit Hijau, Maahad Tarbiyah Derang, Surau Permatang Limau in Pokok Sena, SK Iboi, and SMK Jerai in Baling.

Authorities, including the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) and the Kedah Disaster Management Secretariat, are working tirelessly to provide essential assistance and support to evacuees. Ensuring the safety and well-being of those affected is their top priority, and they are closely monitoring the situation while taking all necessary measures.

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Floods are not uncommon in Malaysia, especially during the monsoon season. The government, along with relevant agencies, has implemented several measures to reduce the impact of these floods and provide swift assistance to affected communities. These measures include early warning systems, improvements in infrastructure, and comprehensive disaster management plans. Nevertheless, heavy rainfall can still lead to flash floods, demanding immediate attention and support.

 

While flooding remains a recurring issue during the monsoon season, concerted efforts are being made to mitigate its impact and ensure the safety and well-being of people affected. In these challenging times, the spirit of unity and support among Malaysians shines through as they face adversity together.

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