Malaysia – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang

More flooding has affected parts of Peninsular Malaysia, prompting over 8,000 people to evacuate their homes.

Flooding struck parts of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang states from 17 December 2020 following days of heavy rains brought by the annual monsoon season.

Kuantan in Pehang recorded 132 mm of rain in 24 hours to 17 December and a further 118 mm the following day. Levels of rivers in the region increased. The Golok river in northern Kelantan reached 10.43 metres on 20 December, above the danger mark of 10 metres.

Several people have been rescued from flood waters, but no fatalities have been reported as of 20 December.

Flooding has forced thousands to evacuate, mostly in Terengganu. According to figures from Malaysia’s National Disaster Command Centre (NDCC), as of 20 December 7,781 people had evacuated in Terengganu, 1,454 people in Kelantan and 38 in Pahang.

The states were previously affected by flooding in late November when 550mm of rain fell in Marang district of Terengganu State between 23 to 25 November, and again in early December.