Malaysia: Expect rain and storm this week

The Star 20 No 16;

PETALING JAYA: This week is expec­ted to be wet and stormy as the monsoon season intensifies.

Data from the Malaysian Meteorological Department shows that rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit many states in the next five days, particularly in the afternoon and evening.

Scattered and isolated thunderstorms are expected in Johor, Kedah, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sarawak and Selangor this week.

Kelantan and Terengganu will experience plenty of isolated rain particularly in the coastal areas.

Increase in rainfall is also expected in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor from this month until December following the north-east monsoon season.

As for Sabah, the state will see rain and thunderstorms in the next five days.

A flood warning has been issued in the state.

The monsoon season, which is expected to begin this week and end in March next year, could result in continuous rain for three to five days and cause floods.

The Department of Irrigation and Drainage has also issued a caution on its Public Info Banjir website about excessive rainfall in parts of the Kinta Valley in Perak.

For warnings and updates on water levels and flood situations, go to http://publicinfobanjir.water.gov.my/.

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