The flood situation in the district has worsened with the water level reaching 9.29 metres at 6pm yesterday, surpassing the dangerous level of 8.7 metres. District Officer Mohd. Sidek Haji Abdul Jubar said 353 people had been evacuated and were putting up at the temporary shelters in Dewan SMK Satu and Bangunan KEMAS Beaufort. Of the 25 affected villages, Kampung Jempanga, Kampung Malalugus and Kampung Bakalau were the worst hit with the water level waist high in some places. To ease the situation which started February 24, he said two of the gates of the hydro dam had been opened and the district’s natural disaster operation room is now on a 24-hour alert for any changes in the situation. “I urge all the Village Development and Security Committees to activate their operation room and to immediately contact us if any flooding occurs in their respective areas,” he said. Mohd Sidek also reminded villagers in the district to take the necessary precautions such as keeping their personal documents in a safe place and to adhere to advice as well as evacuation instructions by the Fire and Rescue Services Department, army and maritime personnel. The 24-hour operation room can be reached at 087-211146 or those needing assistance can contact him Mohd Sidek at 0198701000.