Malaysia: ‘No massive floods in east coast this week’

The Star 17 Nov 16;

PETALING JAYA: Heavy rain is expected daily in several parts of the east coast but no massive floods, for this week at least.

Drainage and Irrigation Department director-general Datuk Seri Zulkefli Hassan said there was no sign of big floods, based on the rainfall data.

The Meteorological Department has also yet to forecast heavy showers that could cause massive floods.

“We are monitoring the situation and there are no signs that there will be continuous heavy rain this week,” said a spokesman for the department.

“Big floods can be expected if there is continuous rainfall for three to five days, but this has yet to happen.”

The east coast monsoon, which began last week, typically goes on until March.

On the west coast, high tides and daily thunderstorms could cause rivers to swell, leading to flash floods, said the spokesman.

But the country was experiencing moderate winds from the east and MetMalaysia meteorologists were not expecting continuous downpours.

The wet weather is expected to continue over the next few days, with some downpours in several places, especially in east coast states.

West coast states are expected to experience rain in the mornings as well as rain and thunderstorms in the evenings, beginning Saturday.

The public are reminded to stay vigilant for floods.

Updates are available at the Meteorological Department website, www.met.gov.my; its myCuaca mobile app; MalaysiaMet on Facebook; @malaysianmet on Twitter, or by calling the MetMalaysia hotline, 1-300 22 1MET (1638).


Bund repair works in Selangor ongoing, following high tide phenomenon
DAWN CHAN New Straits Times 16 Nov 16;

SABAK BERNAM: Works to restore the Tebuk Mendeling and Sungai Air Tawar bunds which broke due to the high tide phenomenon are ongoing.

Selangor Disaster Management Unit head Ahmad Fairuz Mohd Yusof said the broken bunds caused water to flow into the surrounding areas but the situation is now safe and under control. Works to repair the bunds, he said, are actively being carried out.

"We are also pumping out seawater which flowed into the PPR Sungai Tengar area. Evacuees have moved to the Sungai Air Tawar relief centre," he said this morning.

A minor overflow of seawater also occurred at the Kampung Nelayan Bagan Nakhoda Omar, Dataran Bagan Nakhoda Onar, Sungai Lang and Sungai Apong bunds, Bagan Teluk Rhu and the Bagan Sungai Besar watergate.

Over in Kuala Selangor, seawater had overflowed at the bunds of Bagan Pasir, Kampung Tok Adam Bagan Pasir Penambang, Pantai Remis and Sungai Janggut.

Ahmad Fairuz said no properties were affected except for Sungai Janggut, where two unoccupied house were flooded.

The seawater,however, has since subsided. Flash floods also inundated PKNS housing in Pasir Penambang and the state rest houses.

The situation is deemed safe and under control. Over in Kuala Langat, a slight overflow occurred at the bund at Pantai Kelanang where several low-lying areas are affected.

In Banting, a downpour this morning had also inundated several low-lying areas due to the closure of the Kampung Sungai watergate because of the high tide phenomenon.

In Klang, the bund at Batu 5, Kapar is holding up well and there are no overflowing of seawater at Kampung Tok Muda area, with its jetty and sandbags functioning well.

In Sepang, no reports of overflowing at the shores of Bagan Lalang were received.

Meanwhile, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Mohd Sani Harul said 123 people from 44 families have been housed at the Kampung Tok Muda relief centre, and 24 families with 117 members at the Jalan Palembang Kg Rantau Panjang relief centre.

The Sungai Air Tawar relief centre houses 15 families with 71 members.

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