Malaysia floods force more than 66,000 people into relief centres; heavy rain expected in Johor, Pahang

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, meanwhile, assured residents that repairs needed for flood-related damage to roads and other facilities would be looked into immediately.

He added that the Malaysian Armed Forces had been told to mobilise assets to east coast states to facilitate the delivery of aid and supplies to flood victims.

According to Mr Armizan, the Malaysian government had also activated flood operation control centres (PKOB), managed by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) and other agencies, which will operate around the clock.

“Apart from receiving reports and monitoring the flood situation in all the states, PKOB at the central level will also take intervention actions such as in Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh and Rantau Panjang in Kelantan,” he said.

He added that the government welcomed any contribution from corporate bodies, non-governmental organisations and private parties that could be presented to the government or directly to the parties involved.

Earlier, railway company Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) had announced changes to its Ekspres Rakyat Timuran and Shuttle Timuran train services in the east coast sector hit by floods.

The services are currently starting and ending at Tanah Merah station instead of Tumpat station, and KTMB will not be providing bus services between the two stations.

The Gua Musang-Kuala Lipis-Gemas shuttle service was operating normally, however.

“Passengers who do not want to continue their journey can cancel their tickets and get a refund according to the stipulated terms and conditions,” KTMB said.