Malaysia: Coastal alert after wet and windy forecast

New Straits Times 1 Jan 12;

KUALA LUMPUR: The first week of the new year is expected to be a wet one, as isolated rain and thunderstorms are predicted in the afternoon throughout the week, particularly in the coastal areas.

Isolated thunderstorms are expected to hit Johor, Sarawak and the West Coast interior, Kudat and Sandakan areas of Sabah today in the afternoon.

The Meteorological Department also issued a strong wind and rough seas warning yesterday.

Strong northeasterly winds more than 60kph with waves of more than 5.5m will occur over waters off Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, east Johor, Islands of Samui, Tioman Bunguran, Condore, Reef North and Layang-Layang.

Additionally, northeasterly winds of 50-60 kph with waves of up to 4.5 metres will occur over the waters off Sarawak, Labuan, Sabah (Interior, West Coast and Kudat), Reef South and Palawan.

The weather condition is considered dangerous to all coastal and shipping activities, including fishing and ferry services and workers on oil platforms. The strong winds are expected to continue until Thursday.

Meanwhile, the number of flood victims in six relief centres in Johor dropped to 220 yesterday afternoon.

The evacuees from 54 families were from Kampung Spangloi, Kampung Batu Badak, Kampung Sanglang, Kampung Pogoh, Kampung Tandong and Kampung Kuala Paya, said the National Security Council in its portal.

Sarawak has recovered from floods with all relief centres in Kuching closed and the remaining evacuees allowed to return home yesterday morning.

Floods: Situation In Johor Under Control, Number Of Victims Remain At 241
Bernama 31 Dec 11;

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 (Bernama) -- The situation in flood-affected areas in Johor is under control this morning and the number of flood victims staying at the relief centres in Segamat remained at 241 with six centres still remaining open.

A spokesman of the Johor Disaster Operations Room Headquarters said as of 10am, the six centres were accommodating 58 families from Kampung Spangloi, Kampung Batu Badak, Kampung Sanglang, Kampung Pogoh, Kampung Tandong and Kampung Kuala Paya.

According to the spokesman, the flood situation in the six affected villages had yet to subside as the water level of the river had risen due to the high tide.

Meanwhile, according to the National Security Council portal, the flood situation in Pahang had receded completely and all victims had returned to their homes.