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Continuous Heavy Rain Warning In Johor, Pahang, Sarawak Until Monday

Continuous Heavy Rain Warning In Johor, Pahang, Sarawak Until Monday

MetMalaysia issues a severe-level continuous heavy rain warning for some areas in Kuching, Pahang, and Johor until tomorrow (6 March).

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MetMalaysia has issued a severe-level continuous heavy rain warning in Kuching, Serian, Samarahan, Sri Aman and Betong (Pusa and Betong) in Sarawak until tomorrow (6 March).

Areas such as Betong (Saratok and Kabong), Sarikei, Sibu (Sibu and Kanowit) and Mukah (Tanjung Manis, Daro, and Matu) received continuous rain warnings until the next day too.

Over in Pahang, similar weather conditions are expected to hit Kuantan, Pekan, and Rompin and also in Johor, particularly Kluang, Mersing, and Kota Tinggi.

The condition of the March floods so far

On 28 February, the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) advised residents in Johor, Pahang, and Sarawak to brace themselves for a flash flood over the next few days after analysing MetMalaysia’s weather data.

The floods in Johor have resulted in four deaths so far. Many people were stranded when the floodwaters rose and help started pouring in from volunteers and rescuers despite the inclement weather.

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According to New Straits Times, Johor recorded the highest rainfall in four days (28 February to 3 March) since 1991 at 731mm.

In December 1991, the reading was 621mm a month, while in December 2006, it was 599mm.

DID director-general Datuk Ir Dr Md Nasir Md Noh said the reading was also higher than the average monthly rainfall for March in Johor at 195mm.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today (5 March) that the flood situation is currently under control and there’s no need to declare a disaster emergency,

During his visit to Johor, he assured the public that the government is taking steps to mitigate the effects of future floods and the flood mitigation projects in Johor are set to start in June.

Previously, Anwar said the government would channel flood relief amounting to RM50 million to Johor for flood victims.

Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the ministry had spent RM615,000 on food supplies to be delivered to the flooded states.

The ministry will continue to assist, such as providing counselling and entertainment for the children so they don’t get bored.

She added that those who want to help flood victims could donate through the National Welfare Foundation (YKN).

Over in Pahang, the state Orang Asli Development Department (JAKOA) sent food supplies to three Orang Asli villages in Rompin using a helicopter from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM).

The villages were cut off due to landslides and floods. The food supply given to 2,198 heads of households (KIR) in Tanah Runtuh Orang Asli Village (KOA), Langkap Lama KOA, and Menteong KOA was estimated to last between four days to one week, depending on the number of family members.

Depending on weather conditions, the food supply will continue to be distributed as needed using JBPM helicopters and armed forces trucks.

As of today morning, the number of flood victims rose to 44,860 people in Johor, 2,978 in Pahang, 587 in Negeri Sembilan, 493 in Melaka, and 71 in Selangor.

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