Malaysia – Floods in 4 States Leave 2 Dead and Thousands Displaced – 30cm of Rain in 4 days in Kuching

Floods in the states of Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Sarawak in Malaysia have displaced at least 1,600 people. Two people are reported to have died in the floods in separate incidents in Johor. Kuching in Sarawak has recorded 336 mm of rain in the last 4 days.

Malaysian disaster management authorities have set up 24 evacuation centres for those evacuated – 5 in Negri Sembilan, 4 in Johor, 2 in Melaka and 13 in Sarawak.

The worst affected area is Kuching, in particular Taman Malihah and Kampung Sungai Lumut, in the state of Sarawak, where a total of 1,361 people (318 families) are currently staying in evacuation centres.

In Ledang, Johor, 133 people (34 families) are staying in one of the 4 emergency evacuation centres. The flooding, which has affected two villages in Ledang district, was a result of the overflowing Sungai Asahan and Sungai Cohong near the villages on 06 February.

In Melaka, flooding has affected the districts of Alor Gajah and Jasin. A total of 189 people (47 families) have been evacuated to the relief centres in the state. Initially around 8,000 people were affected by the flooding, which was a result of the overflowing Malacca River and flash floods on 05 February.

The neighbouring state of Negri Sembilan has also been affected, including the district of Rembau. Five relief centres have been set up in the state, which, as of 07 February, were housing around 400 displaced.

Malaysian Meteorological Department issued a warning for “heavy rain and strong winds over state of Sarawak : Divisions of Limbang (Limbang District), Miri (Marudi District), Bintulu (Tatau District) and Kuching is expected to persist until late afternoon, Monday, 8 February 2016”.

No further warnings have been issued as of 09 February 2016.

Flood evacuations in Sarawak, Malaysia, February 2016. Photo: Bomba Malaysia
Flood evacuations in Sarawak, Malaysia, February 2016. Photo: Bomba Malaysia
Flood in Sarawak, Malaysia, February 2016. Photo: Bomba Malaysia
Flood in Sarawak, Malaysia, February 2016. Photo: Bomba Malaysia

Rainfall Figures

Figures below for a 24 hour period.

08 to 09 February
Kuching – 132.0 mm

07 to 08 February
Kuching – 68.2 mm
Sibu – 61.6 mm

06 to 07 February
Kuching – 63.6 mm
Sibu – 46.8 mm

05 to 06 February
Malacca – 67.8 mm
Kuching – 72.2 mm