November 14, 2012

Floods in Selangor, Perak worsening

The number of flood victims in Selangor and Perak rose slightly today as the Malaysian Meteorological Department forecast that the current rainy weather is expected to continue until January.


A MMD spokesman said the heavy monsoon rains were expected to affect mainly the eastern parts of Pahang and Johor.

Sabah and Sarawak will experienced heavy monsoon rains until February.

Meanwhile, the National Security Council reported that in Selangor, the number of evacuees rose to 1,312 victims from 330 families as of 4pm yesterday compared to 1,303 on Tuesday.

In Perak, the number was 45 people from 11 families compared to 39 people the day before. The victims are  seeking shelter at the Sekolah Agama Rakyat Kampung Padang Serai in Manjung.

In Johor, the number of flood victims remained unchanged at 143 people from 34 families, while in Malacca it dropped from 84 to 60 yesterday.

The most recent state to be affected by the flood was  Sarawak which has opened a  flood relief centre in Dewan Suarah Marudi. Five victims from one family are staying at the centre.

The Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) has reported that the water levels in two rivers in Selangor and one in Johor has risen above the warning level.

According to its portal, the level at the Sungai Langat was 4.08m and the Sungai Selangor at 3.67m as at 4pm.

In Johor, the level at the Sungai Lenik has exceeded the warning level and was at 5.31m. It said this posed a further risk to Batu Pahat, the worst hit area in the state.

In Seremban, the flash flood in Jimah, Port Dickson, on Tuesday was because the shallow Sungai Jimah was unable to cope with the large volume of water during the heavy rains.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said yesterday the state natural disaster relief committee was monitoring the water level in the river.

"The area has not been hit by floods for so long due to its efficient drainage system. We do not discount the possibility that the river, which has become shallow due to the development at the surrounding area, was the main cause of the flood," he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negeri.