Update Malaysia: Pahang region paralysed due to ongoing flooding
The flooding in the state of Pahang has almost paralysed the town centre and surrounding areas when there is no electricity and water supply in most parts while the flooding in the state, Johor, Terengganu and Kelantan has seen over 37,127 people being evacuated. Pahang topped the list with 22,395 people evacuated followed by Johor (8,705), Terengganu (5,393) and Kelantan (639) as of 10pm.
KUANTAN which is severely affected by the flood, saw the highest number of evacuees at 14,044, followed by Rompin (4,144), Pekan (3,061), Maran (1,005), Jerantut (130) and Lipis (11).
The Malaysian Meteorological Department today issued an orange level warning of continuous heavy rainfall in several areas of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu until tomorrow (Thursday 5/12). It said the heavy rains, with intermittent moderate rains, were forecast for Kuala Krai, Kelantan; Kuantan, Pekan, Rompin and Maran in Pahang; and Dungun, Kemaman and Hulu Terengganu in Terengganu. It also issued a yellow level warning of heavy rains for the same period in Jerantut, Pahang; Besut, Setiu, Kuala Terengganu and Marang in Terengganu; Tumpat, Kota Baru, Pasir Mas, Tanah Merah, Machang, Pasir Puteh and Bachok in Kelantan; Sik, Baling and Padang Terap in Kedah and Hulu Perak, Perak.
In Kuantan, electricity in most areas has been cut off since yesterday (4/12) and the phone lines and handphone coverage are unstable, making it difficult to reach the police and other agencies. Tenaga Nasional Berhad said in a statement that they were forced to cut off supply after 1,072 electrical substations in several districts in Pahang were flooded, affecting 62,907 consumers as of noon today.
The substations were located in Kuantan/Gebeng, Rompin, Maran, Pekan, Kuala Lipis and Jerantut. Power supply has been restored in stages in these affected areas. TNB said they also shut down the Main Entry Substation (PMU) in Geliga, Kemaman in Terengganu for safety reasons at noon. Meanwhile, the country's major telecommunication operators have also seen service interruptions in some of the flood-affected areas where the power grid has been shut down by Tenaga Nasional Bhd.
In TERENGGANU, the situation has worsened with the flood now spreading to Marang after Kemaman, Dungun and Hulu Terengganu.
The National Security Council portal said 5,393 had been evacuated as of 10pm compared to 4,929 people earlier today with 68 relief centres opened. It said Kemaman was the worst affected with 3,224 people evacuated: Dungun (1,035), Hulu Terengganu (1,121), Marang (13).
The town is almost totally paralysed with no water and electricity supply and almost 3,000 residents forced to evacuate as of 7 pm today, with more expected later due to the high tide. Matters were made worse when Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) had to cut off electricity supply to prevent short circuits in the affected areas, leaving most relief centres in darkness. Petrol stations faced problems too as they need electricity to operate the pumps causing long lines of motorists at stations on the outskirts of the town.
Several main roads have been closed including Jalan Jerangau-Jabor in Dungun which was shut to all traffic after floodwaters reached a metre high. It was the same situation with Jalan Cukai-Air Putih in Kemaman with the water level 0.5 metre deep and Jalan Ajil-Kuala Berang in Hulu Terengganu (0.9 metres).
The Terengganu Drainage and Irrigation Department reported that the levels of several major rivers in the state were at the danger point.
All of the above has clearly affected our shipping services in the various areas surrounding Kuantan, Kemaman & Kuala Terengganu. Currently the ports of Kuantan incl. KSB and Kemaman are still open however as heavy rain continues most stevedores have suspended operations. Also as most roads are impassable there is a shortage of dockworkers.
Equally affected is the transportation of crew from either the airport to hotel/town/port and/or from Hotel to Airport/town/port.
For Offshore Supply Vessels, especially KSB, berthing alongside is limited due to the high water level and ongoing swells.
The situation is expected to continue today with slightly calmer weather on its way from Friday onwards.
We will keep all of you updated and for now we must sympathize with all the people affected.
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