Malaysia: Flash floods hit several parts of Johor; bad weather predicted across 8 other states

Ahmad Fairuz Othman New Straits Times 14 Nov 17;

BATU PAHAT: A total of 23 people from 10 families in Lorong Budin at Km31.5 of Jalan Batu Pahat-Ayer Hitam had to be evacuated to a flood relief centre after their homes were inundated following a two-hour heavy downpour on Tuesday.

Johor Civil Defence Force director Colonel Mat Zin Bujang said the victims were sent to the Lorong Telekom Ayer Hitam Community Rehabilitation Centre Hall at about 4am.

"Continuous heavy rain for more than two hours caused a nearby canal to overflow into the neighbourhood and this caused the flash flood.

"The authorities are still monitoring the water level at the areas as rain continued until late morning," said Mat Zin.

Meanwhile, heavy rain in the morning also led to flash flood in Kampung Pasir, near Jalan Skudai here.

Mat Zin said the Civil Defence Force received a report of flash flood in several areas in the village at about 6am.

He said the flash flood was caused by heavy downpour and rising water levels at Sungai Skudai.

"The authorities are monitoring the levels at the river and the Civil Defence Force has been directed to be on alert at the area.

"So far, no residents have been relocated to relief centres," he said.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department today issued a forecast of thunder storms and heavy rain with strong winds for nine states in the peninsula, which included Johor.

The forecast issued at 12.30pm on its Facebook indicated that the Segamat and Tangkak districts in Johor were among areas that will see bad weather until late evening.

Other states that were expected to see the same weather pattern were Kedah (Yan, Pendang, Kuala Muda, Sik, Baling, Kulim and Bandar Baharu), Penang, Perak (Kerian and Larut, Matang and Selama), Selangor (Gombak, Petaling, Klang, Kuala Langat, Sepang and Hulu Langat), Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, Negri Sembilan, Melaka and Pahang (Bentong, Temerloh, Maran, Bera, Rompin, Pekan and Kuantan).

Johor floods: 59 victims still at shelters
yee xiang yun The Star 15 Nov 17;

JOHOR BARU: Fifty-nine victims are still at two temporary flood shelters in Muar and Batu Pahat.

The victims from 16 families have been staying at the relief shelters since Monday (Nov 13) after their houses in Jalan Batu Pahat and Kampung Sungai Pulai, Muar were flooded.

The affected areas in Batu Pahat are Lorong Budin KM 31.5 Jalan Batu Pahat, Kampung Parit Khalil and Kampung Parit Samion, said Johor Civil Defence Department director Colonel Mat Zin Bujang.

He said the 37 victims from the villages were seeking shelter at the Dewan Pusat Khidmat Penyayang, Ayer Hitam until the floodwaters recede.

The floodwaters reached about 0.3m but the situation is manageable, Col Mat Zin said, adding that the authorities are working closely with various agencies to monitor the floods.