The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, today visited flood victims at the relief centre at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Maran 1, Pahang.
Accompanying His Majesty were the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah and the Tengku Panglima Muda Tengku Ahmad Ismail Mu’adzam Shah.
Present to greet the arrival of Their Majesties at about noon were the Regent of Pahang, Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah and Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdi Wan Ismail.
Al-Sultan Abdullah, in His Majesty’s speech, advised flood evacuees at the centre to always comply with the stipulated standard operating procedures (SOP) to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“Although we are in a difficult situation (because of the floods), it is a test, and my concern is, if the SOP is not observed, then there will be problems for all of us (if the virus spread).
“In this flood situation, especially at the relief (evacuation) centre, everyone must comply with the SOP. I pray the situation here continues to improve,” said His Majesty after being briefed on the flood situation by the Maran District Disaster Management Committee.
His Majesty also told staff of agencies in managing the flood disaster to play their respective roles to monitor the health of flood victims at the centre.
Apart from that, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong also expressed his appreciation and gratitude to all the frontline personnel who have been working hard in managing the disaster.
His Majesty spent some time with the evacuees and handed over some contributions to them.
He drove himself from Istana Negara to the relief centre in a convoy that waded through the flood water which still covered the stretch at KM 113 of the East Coast Expressway 1 (LPT1).
As at noon today, a total of 252 relief centres have been opened in Pahang to accommodate 18,579 victims from 4,814 families.
Meanwhile flooding in Perak, Terengganu and Selangor has worsened with an increase in the number of evacuees in relief centres reported, while Kelantan and Johor saw a slight drop in numbers.
In Perak, as of 8am, 1,237 people are housed in 13 centres across four districts, up from 1,011 yesterday.
A State Disaster Management committee secretariat spokesperson said Muallim district was the worst-affected, followed by Kg Slim Village, Kg Balun and Kg Kuala Slim, forcing 554 people from their homes.
In Terengganu, the number of evacuees in two districts rose slightly to 1,074 people as of 8am, compared to 1,044 yesterday.
Head of the State Disaster Management committee secretariat Lt Col (PA) Che Adam A Rahman said two more relief centres were opened in Kemaman, bringing the number to 12.
“In Kemaman, the number of victims rose to 920 people, compared to 844 previously, while in Dungun the number dropped to 154 from 200 yesterday,” he told reporters today.
Meanwhile, in Selangor, 183 victims remained at four relief centres in two districts as of 8am.
Selangor Disaster Management Unit operations officer Muhammad Izzat Haziq Mohd Nazir said 128 victims in Hulu Bernam were housed at three relief centres and 55 victims in Kuala Selangor were taking shelter at Sekolah Kebangsaan Rantau Panjang.
In Kelantan, the flood situation in Gua Musang has improved with only 78 victims housed at three relief centres as of 8am, down from 322 yesterday.
According to the Welfare Department Disaster info application, 48 people are sheltering in SK Limau Kasturi 2, 19 are in Serian community hall and 11 people are in Gua Musang District Council hall.
Meanwhile, the number of evacuees in Johor has dropped to 5,485 from 5,524 yesterday.
Johor Health and Environment committee chairman R Vidyananthan said Kota Tinggi still has the highest number of victims at 2,707, followed by Kluang (1,950) and Mersing (506).
A total of 53 relief centres were opened, 23 in Kota Tinggi, Kluang (12), Johor Baru (one), Mersing (six), Segamat (six), Pontian (three) and two in Batu Pahat, he said in a statement today.
The floods had so far claimed three lives, he said.