Najib: 'Unusual' rainfall in Kuantan too much for flood mitigation systems to handle

Najib: 'Unusual' rainfall in Kuantan too much for flood mitigation systems to handle
PM Najib meeting victims displaced by the flood at a relief centre in Sekolah Kebangsaan Sinar Mutiara, Pekan.

KUANTAN, Malaysia - Existing flood mitigation systems in Kuantan have not been able to deal with the 'unusual' amount of rainfall, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He explained that the floods happened over a wide area and the water level had risen too quickly.

"It's quite bad this time. The rainfall volume was unusual and it poured non-stop for three days," Najib said after visiting two flooded districts Thursday.

He had taken time off from the Umno general assembly to monitor the flood situation in Pekan and Rompin.

Najib said he was satisfied with the relief efforts in those districts.

He also said he was made to understand that the situation in Kuantan was initially critical, but any problems had been seen to.

"Resources were stretched thin and main roads were cut off. In some areas, even three-tonne trucks couldn't get through to deliver aid. Helicopters couldn't even land because of the floods," said Najib.

He added that cars parked on roads had also made it difficult for relief efforts to be carried out.

"But I believe help for the victims will run smoothly from now on," he said.

Najib did not discount the possibility of a second wave occurring, and advised the public to follow orders from the state flood committee.

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