Malaysia: Second wave of floods in Pahang from Dec 30

The Star 25 Dec 13;

KUANTAN: The Pahang Meteorological Department on Tuesday issued a warning on the possibility of a second wave of floods in the state from Dec 30.

Its director, Azemi Daud said heavy rainfall was forecasted from Dec 30 to Jan 6 especially in Kuantan, Pekan and Rompin.

"High tide is expected to occur at the same time while wind speed was forecast at 50 to 60km per hour," he told reporters after attending a briefing on preparations for the second wave of floods on Tuesday.

Also present was the Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Azemi said according to early forecast, heavy rain occurred in four stages, namely, the first one from Dec 2 to Dec 6, which caused severe floods in Pahang.

"The second stage was forecast to take place on Dec 18 to Dec 22, but it did not take place.

"So, the second stage is forecast to take place on Dec 30 to Jan 6, and will be followed up by two more stages which were expected to happen before early March next year," he said.

The floods in Pahang recently forced the relocation of more than 40,000 people to relief centres.

The districts affected were Kuantan, Pekan, Rompin, Jerantut, Temerloh, Raub, Bera, Lipis and Maran.

Based on reports, losses from the floods amounted to more than RM65mil.

Three people drowned in the floods. - Bernama