Northern floods improved significantly

The flood situation in Kedah has improved with only 301 people from 110 families still at relief centres in the Kubang Pasu district.

As at 10am today, only four relief centres in Kubang Pasu remained open. They are at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Megat Dewa, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tunjang, Surau Kampung Lahar Halban and SMK Permatang Bonglai.

A spokesman at the National Security Council flood operations room said the situation in Kota Setar had returned to normal with all the relief centres in the district closed at 5am today after all the victims returned to their respective homes.

Meanwhile, state flood special committee chairman Datuk Paduka Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah advised flood victims to fill a special form which had to be submitted by Nov 28 to receive aid from the federal government.

The forms would be available from tomorrow at the Social Welfare Department, State Security Council, State Development Office, offices of the Barisan Nasional component parties and at the service centres of the BN elected representatives in the state.

The forms had to be filled by all members in families affected by the floods, irrespective of those who were evacuated to relief centres or not, he told a media conference last night.

He said an estimated 60,000 families were affected by the floods in the state.

Meanwhile in KANGAR, staff of government departments and agencies, members of non-governmental organisations and the public took part in a mega gotong-royong to clean areas affected by the floods in Perlis.

They included staff from the National Cultural and Arts Department and the Public Works Department, while the NGOs included the Malaysian Youth Club and the Perlis 4B Youth Movement.

Their focus is public buildings and places, mosques, cemeteries and residential areas.