MetMalaysia: East Coast, Johor floods not as bad as 2006, 2014

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THE current flood situations especially in the East Coast and Johor are not as bad as the floods which had hit the states in 2006 and 2014.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department’s (MetMalaysia) DG Jailan Simon said MetMalaysia expected normal floods like those that happened annually.

“We do not expect them to be as big as those in 2014 or 2013 in Kemaman (Terengganu), and as for Johor, we do not expect the floods to be as big as in 2006 and 2007.

“So, this year, it is more or less normal floods, only this year in Pahang, it is a bit big,” he told a press conference at the National Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Also present were the Ministry of Environment and Water secretary general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang and the Irrigation and Drainage Department DG Datuk Nor Hisham Mohd Ghazali.

Jailan said in terms of the latest forecast, MetMalaysia still maintained alert weather warnings in Kelantan and Terengganu, but the warning has been terminated for Johor and Pahang.

“It means that we are not expecting heavy rain for the next few days,” he said.

“We expect the Northeast Monsoon to only end by the middle or the third week of March.

“However, for the peninsula, the monsoon period usually ends by the middle or the third week of January,” he added.

Jailan said MetMalaysia also expected the weather conditions to improve in Johor and Pahang within a week, while Kelantan and Terengganu are predicted to still experience rain in the mornings and evenings.

“However, the possibility of (floods) in Johor and Pahang is still high because it is early January.

“After that, we need to keep an eye on Sabah and Sarawak because they will be experiencing the wet season between January and February,” he said.

Four other states were also reportedly affected by floods, namely Perak, Terengganu, Kelantan and Selangor.

Meanwhile, Zaini encouraged Malaysians to download the MyPublicInfoBanjir mobile application to facilitate travel planning and to find out the latest on the flood situation, especially during this monsoon season.

He said the application features 1,500 areas nationwide that display relevant data such as current river water levels and accurate information on floods through the placement of hydrological telemetry stations in the areas.

Zaini said more hydrological telemetry stations are expected to be added so that access to flood data in more localities, especially in rural areas, can be obtained.

MyPublicInfoBanjir, which was launched on Nov 12, was developed so that notifications on current rain and river water levels, and flood warning announcements can be accessed in real time.

A total of 232 flood incidents were recorded from November last year to Jan 3 this year.