Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate After Second Wave of Floods in Johor

A second wave of floods has hit parts of Johor State in Malaysia. Disaster authorities said on 15 December, 2019 that 3,835 residents had been evacuated.

Over 50 shelters have been set up to house those displaced. The worst affected district was Mersing with 1,262 evacuees, followed by Kota Tinggi with 1,071 and Kluang with 1,053 people displaced.

The districts of Segamat (342 displaced), Kulai (80), Muar (21), and Batu Pahat (s(6) have also been affected.

Endau in Mersing District recorded 396mm of rain in 24 hours to 14 December. Simpang Renggam in Kluang District recorded 127mm of rain in the same period. Levels of the Benut river in the district have exceeded the danger mark (17.4 metres), standing at 17.43 metres as of 15 December.

Areas of the state, in particular Kota Tinggi, were affected by flooding just a week ago when around 700 people were evacuated.

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