Malaysia: Second Wave of Floods Expected

The last of the flood water has hardly drained away from the flooding that swept through Malaysia’s east coast from late November until around 12 December.

Yet the Meteorological Department in Malaysia has today predicted a second wave of flooding for for Terengganu (Dungun and Kemaman), Pahang (Kuantan, Pekan and Rompin) and Johor (Segamat and Mersing), likely to begin around Wednesday 18 December 2013.

Heavy rain is expected in the region, but this will be combined with high tides and strong winds, bringing the possibility of floods.

Muhammad Helmi Abdullah, the central forecast division director of the Meteorological Department in Malaysia also said that Terengganu, Pahang and Johor are expected to suffer flooding, but the high tides and strong winds also increase the possibility that a wider area of the country could be affected.

Flood Rescue after Floods in Kuantan, Malaysia
Flood Rescue after Floods in Kuantan, Malaysia, early December 2013

According to Malaysia’s National Security Council (MKN) and the Prime Minster’s Office, preparations have been made for this second wave of flooding. Agency personnel and equipment are in place and more trucks and boats are available to ensure more frequent delivery of supplies. Some relief efforts were criticised in the earlier floods after food supplies ran out. Stocks have since been replenished at depots and forwarding bases. Better relief centres have also been identified to house anyone displaced by the floods.

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The Malay Online; New Straits Times