More Rain in Malaysia and Indonesia – Serawak Floods Again

Heavy rains are affecting the state of Sarawak in eastern Malaysia once again.

WMO report that around 82 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Bintulu between 11 and 12 February 2015. The heavy rain has caused flash floods and rivers to overflow.

Sarawak flood victims - February 2015. Photo: Bomba Malaysia
Sarawak flood victims – February 2015. Photo: Bomba Malaysia

Malaysian Meteorological Service Forecast thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds could still affect many areas of Sarawak over the next 24 hours.

Malaysia’s emergency services (BOMBA) are working in the area to bring supplies and assist those affected by the floods. As yet there have been no reports of casualties or confirmation of any new evacuations.

Sarawak suffered severe flooding throughout January this year. On 18 January as many as 3,000 people had been forced from their homes. By 26 January there were still 1,000 people displaced by the floods living in temporary accommodation. Nearly all the displaced have since returned, but the recent spate of heavy rain may force them out of their homes once more.

Indonesia

Heavy rain is also affecting other areas of south-east Asia, notably Indonesia. As many as 6,000 people were evacuated earlier this week. Parts of the capital city, Jakarta, have been under water for the last 4 days. Floods remain in northern and western parts of the city. Heavy rainfall has continued to affect the city and elsewhere on the island of Java. During a 24 hour period between 11 and 12 february, Jakarta saw 58 mm of rain. In the city of Surabaya, East Java province, around 50 mm of rain fell in the same period. Further rainfall is forecast for the region over the coming days.