Malaysia Floods – Over 3,000 Evacuated in Sarawak

The Malaysian Government said yesterday that 3,485 people have been evacuated in the state of Sarawak after flooding in the area.

Heavy rain over the past 3 or 4 days has affected parts of the island of Borneo, in particular the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Over 250mm of rain fell in Kuching between 18 and 19 January 2015.

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Floods in Sarawak, Malaysia, January 2015. Photo: Bomba Malaysia

Flood warnings have been issued and to date 3,458 people evacuated. The evacuations took place in the divisions of Kuching, Semarahan, Mukah and Limbang divisions. Kuching is said to be one of the worst affected areas. Over 30 schools have been closed in the region as a result of the floods. Some of the school are now being used as evacuation centres.

There could be worse to come for coastal areas of Sarawak as the next cycle of the seasonal King Tide begins later this week.

Malaysia, especially northern areas, is still recovering from the flooding of December 2014.