Second wave of floods to Malaysia's east coast likely to be more severe

Second wave of floods to Malaysia's east coast likely to be more severe
A youth holds on to a lamp post while playing in floodwaters in Temerloh, some 130 kms from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia's central Pahang state

KUALA LUMPUR - The second wave of floods predicted to hit the east coast tomorrow will likely hit more areas.

The Meteorological Department, however, said more areas would be affected because of the combined factors of high tides, strong winds and heavy rains.

Its central forecast division director, Muhammad Helmi Abdullah, said the effects were likely to be "severe".

"The heavy rains, predicted to begin from Wednesday to Sunday, will coincide with the presence of the full moon.

"This will result in unusually high tides that may cause flooding.

"With the presence of strong winds, the situation could worsen."

He said intermittent rain was expected and this might cause floods in low-lying areas.

On Monday, the department issued a yellow alert (heavy rain) for Terengganu (Dungun and Kemaman), Pahang (Kuantan, Pekan and Rompin) and Johor (Segamat and Mersing).

He said more areas could be affected this time.

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