KUANTAN: The flood situation in Pekan took a turn for the worse today after evacuees rose to 1,307 victims from 327 families sheltered at 11 relief centres as at 8pm today.
This increased the total number of evacuees in Pahang to 1,665 people from 426 families being sheltered in 18 relief centres spread out not only in Pekan but also Rompin, Raub and Kuantan.
Previously at 5pm, the state had 1,564 victims from 406 families placed in 17 relief centres in the four districts.
Pahang Civil Defence Force Colonel Zainal Yusoff said that a new relief centre, SK Merchong, was opened to shelter 84 people from 15 families in Pekan.
"Pekan remains the district with the highest number of evacuees at 1,307 people from 327 families sheltered at 11 relief centres," he said.
He said the other 10 relief centres in Pekan were SK Sinar Mutiara with 375 victims from 94 families; SK Permatang Keledang (322 people from 81 families); SMK Peramu Jaya (136 people from 37 families); SK Temai (93 people from 24 families) and Pulau Manis flood shelter (75 people from 22 families).
"Others (relief centres) are Kampung Lamir relief centre with 55 people from eight families; SK Sri Biram (73 people from 21 families); Tanjung Pulai Multipurpose Hall (39 people from 14 families); SK Seri Terentang (46 people from 9 families), SK Acheh (9 people from two families)," he said.
In Rompin, he said that there was a slight increase to 293 evacuees from 81 families sheltered at four relief centres.
"The four relief centres are Balai Raya Setajam with 127 people from 33 families; Leban Chondong public hall (71 people from 22 families), SK Tekek (63 people from 15 families), and Kampung Pianggu Multipurpose Hall (32 people from 11 families)," he said.
Zainal said Kuantan has seen its evacuees increase to 56 people from 15 families placed at two relief centres.
"The two relief centres are Sri Damai public hall with 29 people from nine families, and Kampung Pahang public hall with 27 people from six families," he said.
He noted that Raub only has one relief centre which is Masjid Jamek Kuala Semantan which shelters nine victims from three families.