The flood situation in the three northern states of West Malaysia is improving. Latest reports?
MS Swollen Perak River (two shots)
MS Flooded area
CU Man rowing boat
MS Track submerged houses (two shots)
MS People in rowing boat
CU Water level
MLS Flooded area
LS More people in boat
MLS Pan houses
MS People in boat
LS Youth down ladder
MLS Pan flooded town
LS Refugee centre
CU Chinese school
MS Refugee with belongings inside centre (seven shots)
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Background: The flood situation in the three northern states of West Malaysia is improving. Latest reports say the waters are subsiding due to a dramatic change of weather. Heavy rain has stopped in most of the area of Kelantan, Trengganu and Perak and only light showers are being reported. At the height of the flood havoc, five people were reported drowned. One in Kelantan and four in Trengganu. Some 5,600 people were evacuated to safety - 2,600 in Kelantan and 3,000 in Perak. Roads and communications were cut.
This film shows the situation in the ancient royal capital of Kuala Kangsar in Perak, where the Perak river swelled to 110.2 feet - 1.2 feet above the danger level. The town was completely flooded and people moved about in fishing boats and rafts. Families trapped in the upper floors of their homes, climbed down wooden ladder to get to shops.
One school was turned into a refugee centre for people evacuated from low-lying areas.
In Kelantan, flood waters at Kuala Krai reached 84 ft 5 ins. If water had continued to rise, a state of emergency would have been declared. But fortunately, the havoc is dying down.
In Trengganu, the Jeretah bridge which links the state with Kelantan was under nearly 10ft of water.
Twenty-nine army and police boats were used for relief action and the local Red Cross and youth volunteer were alerted to answer distress calls.