Terengganu Hit by Floods Again

Stormy situation: A family removing personal belongings from their home at Kampung Bukit Kolam after it became inundated. — Bernama

KUALA TERENGGANU – The floods have returned to Terengganu, with waters said to be “rising really fast”.

“It was dry in the early morning. But at 10am the village was suddenly flooded,” said Kampung Bukit Kolam villager Salmah Awang, 56.

Non-stop rain over the past two days brought the latest wave of floods, nearly a month after the last incident.

Salmah’s village in the Hulu Terengganu district was spared the furious floods during the first wave but six families from Kampung Bukit Kolam were forced to put up at their community hall when their homes were inundated with water at 11am yesterday.

“The water went up to waist level, prompting the Fire and Rescue Department to ask us to move out,” said fellow villager Wan Mariam Wan Mamat, 75.

“When it was raining the whole night, I became worried. So, I quickly moved my important belongings to a safer location before the water entered the house,” she said.

Checks by The Star along Jalan Kuala Berang saw several flooded spots near Bukit Payung, Marang, which were almost impassable by light vehicles.

By 5pm, 72 families comprising 355 victims had been evacuated and put in nine relief centres across the state.

In Setiu, the worst-hit district, 200 victims were placed in four relief centres.

Figures from the state Security Council showed in Kemaman, the other badly-affected district, 118 victims from 25 families were evacuated from their homes and were now housed in three relief centres.

Roads in various places were badly affected by rising waters, with two stretches in Setiu and Besut closed to vehicles.