M'sian east coast may see more floods

M'sian east coast may see more floods

MALAYSIA- More floods are expected to hit the Malaysian east coast later this month, said the Malaysian Meteorological Department.

Its central forecast division director Muhammad Helmi Abdullah told The New Straits Times that heavy rainfall is expected between the third week of this month and next February.

He said the second wave of floods would likely hit Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan and Johor. These states are still reeling from flood waters which have inundated most areas there.

Mr Helmi said the prolonged heavy rainfall will coincide with the full moon on Dec 17, which may result in unusually high tides. He blamed the yearly worsening flood situations on “extreme weather” conditions.

He said: “We have not seen notable changes in the amount of rainfall in Malaysia. The more severe thunderstorms and rainfall these days could be due to climate change.”

He said there were many factors which caused the current floods.

“The first wave was due to the presence of a new moon, high tides and strong winds that pushed the sea water up to the shores and into the river mouth. This caused the water to overflow.”

Mr Helmi said the department would issue an advisory on the level of warning (yellow, orange or red) should there be prolonged heavy rainfall.

Yellow is to alert people to the weather condition and to take preventive action. The orange alert implies that floods are already occurring and to warn those in affected areas to prepare to act if the situation worsens. The red alert is for when there is severe weather and major floods.

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