Malaysia – 3,000 Evacuate After Floods in 5 States

Malaysia’s National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) report that flooding in several states has forced almost 3,000 people to evacuate since 11 December 2015.

NDMA say there are currently ongoing flood situations in the states of Selangor, Johor, Melaka and Perak. Fire and rescue services report that flash floods hit Penang state overnight. Some minor flooding has also affected parts of Negeri Sembilan state. No deaths or injuries have been reported as a result of the flooding.

Floods struck in Selangor on 14 December 2015 after a period of heavy rain caused rivers to overflow. NDMA say that 839 people have been evacuated and are being housed in relief centres across the state.

Parts of Johor state were also affected by the heavy rains. Flooding was reported on NDMA on 14 December, affecting 3 villages. Around 50 people have been evacuated.

On 12 December 2015, floods in Malacca state forced almost 1,500 to evacuate. A day earlier, over 300 were evacuated in Perak after a short period of torrential rain triggered floods there.

In the neighbouring state of Penang two low-lying villages have been affected by flash floods overnight 14 to 15 December 2015, forcing around 21 people from their homes.

Local media say that flooding has also been reported in the state of Negeri Sembilan after a 3 hour downpour on Sunday 13 December 2015, affecting 2 villages and causing traffic disruption.

Floods in Penang, Malaysia, December 2015. Photo: Bomba Malaysia
Floods in Penang, Malaysia, December 2015. Photo: Bomba Malaysia
Floods in Penang, Malaysia, December 2015. Photo: Bomba Malaysia
Floods in Penang, Malaysia, December 2015. Photo: Bomba Malaysia

Typhoon Melor

Authorities in Malaysia are warning that Tropical Cyclone Melor, currently over the Philippines, may bring heavy rainfall and strong winds later this week, affecting eastern areas of the country, in particular Sabah state.

Philippines

Meanwhile in the Philippines, National authorities report that well over 700,000 people have been pre-emptively evacuated in several provinces of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions, ahead of the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Melor.

Flights and shipping have already been severely hampered. Local media report that at least one person has died in Northern Samar province as a result of the storm. High levels storm warning remain in effect for several provinces of the regions Mimaropa and Calabarzon.

According to the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), Tropical Cyclone Melor continued moving west-northwest, crossing over Masbate and Romblon provinces of the Philippines.

ECHO report that on 15 December at 3.00 UTC Melor made another landfall in the vicinity of Pinamalayan, in Oriental Mindoro province (Mimaropa region) as a very intense Typhoon. Around 2 hours prior to its landfall it had maximum sustained wind speed of 231 km/h.

Over the next 24 h it is forecast to slightly strengthen while passing over Mindoro island and then gradually weaken while entering the West Philippine Sea.