KUALA LUMPUR: The number of flood evacuees in Kelantan and Sabah recorded a drop on Monday (Dec 26) with Sarawak reporting a slight increase, while the situation in Terengganu and Perak remained unchanged.

The number of residents in Sabah coastal areas who were evacuated to temporary relief centres (PPS) due to the high tide phenomenon, was reported to have decreased.

In KELANTAN, the numbers dipped to 1,235 evacuees (from 428 families) tonight, compared with 1,511 people (from 515 families) reported in the afternoon.

The Kelantan disaster management committee secretariat, in a statement, said all evacuees were placed at five PPS in Pasir Mas and Tumpat districts.

In SABAH, the number of people evacuated in Kota Belud dropped to 135 people (from 56 families) tonight compared with 139 people (57 families) reported earlier.

The PPS at SK Pekan hall currently housed 62 people (26 families), while 73 people from 30 families are placed at the PPS SJKC Chung Hwa hall.

Meanwhile, the number of evacuees along the coastal areas, who were evacuated due to the high tide phenomenon dropped to 1,454 people (from 299 families) tonight compared with 1,506 people (314 families) recorded earlier.

PPS Dewan Muhibbah Sembulan in Kota Kinabalu was closed tonight, while 686 evacuees (from 122 families) were transferred to a PPS in Sandakan, and 768 people (from 177 families) were moved to six PPS in Pitas.

In SARAWAK, PPS Kampung Lutong in Sebuyau was opened late this afternoon following continuous rain since Friday (Dec 23).

This brings the number of PPS operating in the state to two and a total of 91 people had been evacuated as of 7pm.

Another PPS in operation is the PPS at Kampung Rimba Padi multipurpose hall in Serian.

In TERENGGANU, the flood situation remained unchanged with 138 people still housed at two PPS.

Besut is the only district still affected with two PPS still operating, namely the Masjid Kampung La (126 people) and Kg Pantai (12 people).

In PERAK, the situation remained unchanged as of 8pm with 62 people (from 14 families) taking shelter at a PPS as the floodwater had not receded.

The PPS at SMK Abd Rahman Talib (SMART) in Hilir Perak is the only PPS currently operating. – Bernama