Malaysia – More Floods Hit Sarawak After 93 mm of Rain in 24 Hours

In a seemingly endless wave of floods in Serawak, Malaysia, heavy rain has once again forced dozens from their homes, this time in Sarikei.

Malaysia disaster authorities report that around 34 people have been evacuated and are currently housed in a relief centre.

According to WMO figures, 93.2 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 07 and 08 March in Sibu, Serawak.

Malaysian Meteorological Department have issued a warning for further heavy rain for several areas of Sarawak, including Mukah, Sibu, Sarikei, Betong, Sri Aman, Serian, Samarahan and Kuching.

Fourth Flood Event Since Early February 2016

This is the fourth serious flood event to strike in the state since the start of February and the late onset of the rainy season.

A torrential downpour that began early on Saturday 27 February caused severe flooding in and some landslides in the district of Serian. Other areas affected included Padawan, Penrissen and Bau-Lundu. The state’s capital city, Kuching, was also badly affected, with some streets under 70 cm of water at the peak of the floods.

Flooding that began on 19 February affected as many as 10,000, according to Malaysian disaster management authorities, with around 7,000 evacuated at the peak of the floods. One man died when he was swept away by flood water near to a river in Kampung Maan in Padawan.

After heavy rain on 05 February, 1,361 people were evacuated in Sarawak, mostly from areas of Kuching.

Flood summary

Last updated: July 15, 2016
Event
Sarawak, Malaysia, March 2016
Date
March 7 to March 9, 2016
Type
Inland flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Over 30 people evacuated after floods in Sarikei, Serawak, Malaysia.

Locations

Sarikei, Serawak, Malaysia

Magnitude

Rainfall level
93.2 mm in 24 hours
Sibu, Malaysia - March 7 to March 8, 2016

Damages

Evacuated
34 people
Sarikei