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Archive for December 1st, 2008

By R.S.N. MURALI and C.A. ZULKIFLE

KUALA TERENGGANU: Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) declared a one-day holiday after its lecture halls and offices were inundated by floods, while an 11-year-old girl became the fourth flood victim in Kelantan.

In Terengganu, floodwaters reached almost 0.5m after incessant rain since Sunday night, causing main roads leading to UMT to be closed to light vehicles.

The university’s vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Sulaiman Md Yasin said 1,200 staff members and students were unable to get to their offices and lecture halls with the knee-level waters.

“We declared today (Monday) a holiday and will monitor the situation tomorrow — if it improves then we will resume,” he said when contacted on Monday.

Several students who turned up for lectures were told to return to their hostels until further notice.

A check at the university at about 5pm showed that the floodwaters were gradually receding.

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KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Dis (Bernama)

Hujan lebat yang berterusan sejak awal pagi menyebabkan keadaan banjir di Terengganu bertambah buruk Isnin petang dengan jumlah mangsa yang dipindahkan meningkat.

Jabatan Meteorologi memberi amaran hujan lebat akan berterusan di Terengganu iaitu di Besut, Setiu, Kuala Terengganu, Marang, Hulu Terengganu dan Dungun manakala di Kelantan membabitkan daerah Tumpat, Kota Baharu, Bachok, Pasir Puteh, Pasir Mas, Tanah Merah dan Machang, sehingga Isnin malam.

Pada masa jumlah mangsa di Terengganu meningkat kepada 1,956 orang keadaan di Kelantan pula beransur pulih tetapi meragut satu lagi nyawa manakala seorang masih hilang.

Di KUALA TERENGGANU, tiga daerah yang terlibat adalah Kuala Terengganu dengan sejumlah 1,201 mangsa dipindahkan sehingga pukul 6 petang manakala di Marang 686 orang dan Besut 69 orang.

Jurucakap Majlis Keselamatan Negeri berkata lima pusat pemindahan di Kuala Terengganu dibuka iaitu Balai Raya Sungai Pinang, Sekolah Kebangsaan Tok Jembal, Sekolah Kebangsaan Kompleks Gong Badak, Sekolah Kebangsan Tok Jiring dan Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Nenasi.

Paras air di Sungai Setiu di Jambatan Permaisuri masih di tahap bahaya manakala paras air di Ibu Bekalan berada di tahap amaran.

Jalan-jalan yang ditutup Jalan Pengkalan Berangan-Pulau Kerenggal; Jalan Marang-Wakaf Tapai; Kuala Terengganu-Kuantan sementara di Setiu membabitkan Jalan Telaga Papan-Chalok; Bukit Perah-Kampung Jok-Kuala Kajil dan Marang-Kuala Telemong kerana dinaiki air sedalam antara 0.25 meter dan 1.5 meter.

Sementara itu, Pasar Payang yang menjadi tumpuan pelancong untuk membeli kain sutera, batik, songket dan barangan kraf turut dinaiki air sedalam 0.3 meter sehingga 0.6 meter.

Keadaan itu menyebabkan pelbagai barangan termasuk barangan runcit seperti gula, beras, tepung, pulut hitam, kacang hijau, buah-buahan, bantal, batik dan songket mengalami kerosakan akibat terkena air sehingga memaksa peniaga membuat jualan murah untuk mengelakkan risiko kerugian lebih teruk.
— BERNAMA

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Monsoon Floods: Traders at Payang Market suffer huge losses

KUALA TERENGGANU, Mon: 1 Dec 2008 (Bernama)

Most traders at the Payang Market here, especially those in retail business whose premises are located on the ground floor, complained of huge losses due to the floods.

Heavy rain since yesterday caused flooding in the area and the floodwaters to spill into their premises, damaging food items, such as sugar, rice and peas, as well as batik textile and songket, which are being offered for sale at cheap prices to reduce losses.

A piece of batik silk, normally sold for RM200 or more than RM300, was on sale for RM50.

There were some traders who gave away essential food items, such as rice, which had been affected by the floods, but were still safe for consumption, for free.

A grocer, Mohamad Mustafa Harun, 51, estimated his losses at more than RM2,000 when his shop was in under knee-deep of floodwater this morning.

“I came to open my shop at about 8.30 this morning and was shocked to see water in the shop. Many things were damaged and had to be disposed of,” he said here today.

Mohamad Mustafa, who had been operating his business at the market for 36 years, said the current floods was the worst that he had experienced since operating his business at the Payang Market, adding that the last time Terengganu was hit by flood was in 2005.

He believed that the market was flooded due to drainage problems and claimed that the Kuala Terengganu Municipal Council failed to take any action, despite numerous complaints from traders.

Another trader, Zakaria Abdullah, 32, who sells ‘toto’ blankets and kapok pillows, claimed his losses at more than RM3,000.

He said he was forced to sell blankets at RM15 and RM10 each which are normally priced at RM80 and M60 each respectively, while the kapok pillows were given free. — BERNAMA

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Air Bah Masuk Kedai!!!

Kedai kami dilanda banjir awal pagi ini. Air sedalam paras lutut telah membanjiri kawasan sekitar dan masuk ke dalam kedai kami. Walaupun kini air sudah pun surut namun kerosakan akibat kenaikkan air yang mendadak telah memusnahkan kebanyakkan buku yang terletak di bahagian bawah rak.kedai banjir1

Kata orang, mujurlah kami sudah mengambil pengajaran dari peristiwa lepas kami dilindungi takaful.

Seluruh dereten kedai dan kawasan sekitar turut mengalami nasib yang sama. Dilaporkan para peniaga di Pasar Kedai Payang banyak yang mengalami kerugian yang teruk namun belum lagi dapat ditaksirkan nilai kerugian mereka.

Dilaporkan juga beberapa batang jalan di sekitar di bandar Kuala Terengganu turut dinaiki air antaranya di Jalan Kamaruddin dan jalan Pantai Batu Buruk.

Amaran Angin Ribut Kencang dan Ombak

http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsgeneral.php?id=375391

KUALA LUMPUR: A strong north-easterly wind of 50 to 80km an hour and rough seas are expected off Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, east Johor, Sarawak, Labuan, Sabah (West Coast, Kudat) until Monday.

The rough sea waves of up to 4.5 metres are dangerous for small vessels, ferries and fishing boats, and other coastal activities, said the meteorological department in a statement Sunday.

Strong winds of up to 60km an hour and rough seas with waves up to 5.5 metres are expected off Condore, Palawan, Reef North and Layang Layang Island until Monday. – Bernama

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