JOHOR BARU, March 3 — Main mosques in flood-affected areas in Johor are now open as temporary flood relief centres, following the sudden surge in flood victims from the state.

Johor Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Mohd Fared Mohd Khalid said in order to accommodate the new role, guidelines will be prepared for the mosques to continue their main function as a place of Muslim worship.

"This is a contingency plan that we have taken to accommodate the high increase in the population affected by the floods.

"The mosque is also allowed to assist in preparing food for distribution and delivery to nearby temporary flood relief centres,” Mohd Fared said in a statement posted.

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On the fifth day of the floods in Johor, the number of flood victims continued to increase today.

As of 12pm today, a total of 32,719 flood victims from 9,253 families in the state were placed in 218 temporary flood relief centres.

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