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Floods In Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak Worsen, More Victims Evacuated

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7  — More people were being evacuated due to the floods in Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu and Perak, while the situation in Johor and Sabah is reported to be improving with the drop in the number of evacuees.

In PAHANG, the number of flood victims seeking shelter at 281 temporary relief centres (PPS) in nine districts in the state rose to 24,257 people this morning.

According to the Social Welfare Department’s (JKM) Info Bencana portal, Temerloh recorded the highest number of evacuees, totalling 5,764 people, followed by Maran (5,275), Kuantan (3,461), Lipis (2,551), Jerantut (2,455), Raub (2,182), Rompin (986), Pekan (859) and Bera (724).

It also reported that the water level for Sungai Pahang in the Bera, Maran, Kuantan, Lipis, Jerantut and Temerloh districts had surpassed the danger level.

Meanwhile, the concessionaire of the East Coast Expressway Phase 1 (LPT1),  ANIH Berhad, in a statement, said that KM113 and KM115 were still closed on both directions due to the flood.

It said, KM84 (Persimpangan Lanchang to Persimpangan Karak), LPT1 Kuantan-bound, is also closed to traffic.

In KELANTAN, the number of evacuees in five flood-affected districts in the state increased to 4,829 people compared to 2,142 people yesterday evening.

All of them are currently housed at 64 PPS.

According to JKM’s InfoBencana, Jeli still recorded the highest number of victims with 1,688 people, followed by Kuala Krai (1,455), Gua Musang (775 mangsa), Pasir Mas (469) and Tanah Merah (442).

Meanwhile, infobanjir.water.gov.my, reported that six rivers in the state recorded readings which exceeded the danger level.

The rivers are Sungai Lebir in Tualang, Kuala Krai 36.46 meter (m) (danger level is 35 m), Sungai Kelantan in Kuala Krai 28.60 m (25 m) dan Sungai Kelantan in Kusial, Tanah Merah 18.17 m (16 m), Sungai Golok in Jenob 23.67 m (23.50 m), Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang 10.63 m (9 m) and Sungai Galas in Dabong 40.96 m (38 m).

In TERENGGANU, Chief Secretariat of the State Disaster Management Committee, Lt Col (PA) Che Adam A. Rahman said the number of flood victims has surged to 5,243 people at 8 am today, from 910 people at 3 pm yesterday.

He said the victims are currently taking shelters at 39 PPS.

Kemaman became the worst-hit district when 4,074 victims were evacuated, followed by Dungun (849), Hulu Terengganu (219), Besut (94) and Setiu (seven).

The Drainage and Irrigation Department reported that seven rivers in five districts have so surpassed the danger level.

The rivers are Sungai Kemaman in Air Putih recorded a water level of 14.32 m (danger level is 14 m); Sungai Tebak in Kampung Tebak at 19.6 m (danger level 18.5 m); Sungai Telemong in Kuala Ping  at 20.6m (danger level 19.7 m); Sungai Berang in Menerong at 25.12 m (danger level 24.5 m).

Sungai Besut at Jambatan Keruak recorded 36.63 m (danger level 35 m); Sungai Dungun in Pasir Raja at 37.82 m (danger level 37.5 m); and Sungai Nerus in Kampung Langkap, Setiu at 21.21 m (danger level 21 m).

In PERAK, Hulu Perak is the latest district to be hit by the flood when 16 people were evacuated to one PPS, bringing the total number of evacuees to 450 people, involving five districts.

A State Disaster Management Committee Secretariat spokesperson said Hilir Perak recorded the highest number of flood victims at 409 people and Kampar (25), while the flood situation in Muallim has fully recovered after another PPS was closed yesterday.

In JOHOR, the number of evacuees dropped to 2,313 people when six more PPS were closed, bringing the number of relief centres down to 20.

Johor State Health and Environment Committee chairman R.Vidyananthan in a statement said Kota Tinggi still recorded the highest number of victims with 1,110 people.

He also said that Jalan Mawai Lama, Kota Tinggi and Jalan Haji Suhud in Johor Bahru were still closed to all vehicles.

In SABAH, the Civil Defence Force in a statement said although the water began to recede, number of flood victims at Dewan Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Dun Banir in Beaufort remained at 34 people.

Source: BERNAMA

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Petronas Uplifts Festive Spirit Through Cheeky ‘Seloka’ In Latest Raya Webfilm

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KUALA LUMPUR, 6 May 2021 – PETRONAS celebrates Syawal this year with a fully animated Hari Raya Aidilfitri Webfilm titled “Syukur Raya”, a story presented in a fun and cheeky ‘seloka’ that explores themes of compassion and kindness.

Syukur Raya” is narrated by a spotted dove named Syuk-kur – a wordplay of ‘syukur’ (thankfulness) and ‘tekukur’ (the Malay term for dove). The charismatic bird acts as a witness to everything that goes on in ‘Taman Bawang’, a neighbourhood the Webfilm portrays.

The story begins with its main character Poji feeling homesick. The hardworking and jovial youth is missing his hometown so much that he begins to envision his fierce next-door neighbour, Mak Jah, as his own mother. Giving up hope on family celebrations due to work commitments, Poji and his friends are resolved for a subdued occasion until Mak Jah shares her ‘rendang’ in a surprise gesture, thus reviving their festive spirit and belief in community togetherness.

Syukur Raya” is inspired by the Malaysians’ signature warmth and friendliness – values that are deeply rooted in the nation’s culture. Through this Webfilm, PETRONAS is encouraging all Malaysians to embrace the joy of festivities despite the movement restrictions brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic. It reminds everyone that Hari Raya can still be a joyful affair without the big celebrations that people are accustomed to.

PETRONAS Senior General Manager of Group Strategic Communications, Datin Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz said: “PETRONAS is continuing with its 2020 festive theme, ‘our unique family’, taking it one step further by expanding from the family we know to the family we discover. The fully animated film, set in a familiar neighbourhood with relatable characters, focuses on going beyond our differences to give, and forgive each other in celebrating Hari Raya.

“Despite the current challenges, if we are to open our hearts and minds, the people around us can be our source of joy this Aidilfitri, ultimately reflecting the true spirit of togetherness and generosity of the celebration.”

The Webfilm is now live and available for viewing on PETRONAS’ official YouTube channel and Facebook page. Our ‘Raya Joy Pack’ comprising “Syukur Raya” stickers and backdrop scenes to be used via WhatsApp and social media can also be downloaded via PETRONAS’ Facebook page.

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Kind Malaysian Helps Promote This Uncle’s Beautifully Handmade Rattan Goods

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Living in this current pandemic life of COVID-19 situation, many people in this whole wide world would be struggling to make ends meet for themselves and also their beloved family. This particular situation also happens here in our country, Malaysia. As other fortunate people, we should help these people so that they can rise again and survive during this trying time.

This is what has been done by this Twitter user named Melati who helped an uncle then she met by the side of the road. According to her, this specific uncle sells a bunch of beautifully handmade rattan goods that he made himself. She has been using her own Twitter platform to do a small business shoutout to help this uncle’s small business.

According to the tweet which she stated, “I went to get gas yesterday and I saw an uncle with a bunch of beautifully handmade rattan goods by the side of the road. He said he’s a mobile seller and goes from neighborhood to neighborhood. He asked whether I could take pix and put them on social media”. That is why she kind-heartedly decided to promote this uncle’s small business on her Twitter page.

She also said that all of these rattan goods are by the uncle himself. There are so many types of rattan goods sold by this uncle such as laundry baskets, trash baskets, baskets for whatever you want, picnic baskets, trays, coasters, some bags, and many others that you ever find all these while. Because he made all these rattan goods himself, the uncle can tell the customers how long each piece took him to make.

Melati ended the tweet by saying, “Follow Uncle here on IG to see which location he’s at next! I’m sure MCO has been tough for him, so if you’re looking for a new rattan piece for your house, do consider buying it from Uncle”.

Sources: Twitter Melati, Instagram Aranyaunkee Rattan Craft.

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China’s CoronaVac Vaccine Safe: Azerbaijani Acting Health Minister

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BAKU, May – Azerbaijan’s acting health minister Teymur Musayev on Thursday said the CoronaVac vaccine made by China’s biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech is fully safe.

Speaking at a press briefing of the operational headquarters for COVID-19 prevention and control, Musayev said that 1.6 million people in the country have got their first dose of the Chinese-made vaccine so far, while 600,000 people have received both.

According to Xinhua news agency, Musayev said Azerbaijan enrolled the CoronaVac vaccine for mass vaccination, describing it as “completely safe.”

Infection cases among those who received both doses were minor, he said.

“We embark on a new phase of vaccination against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan from May 10 that will enable citizens above 18 to be vaccinated. This means we now have sufficient quantities of the jab,” Musayev said.

Azerbaijan launched the mass vaccination in January.

Source: BERNAMA

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