Floods in Malaysia
Floods in Malaysia are regular natural disasters in
Malaysiawhich happen nearly every year during the monsoon season.
*May 1971 -
Kuala Lumpurhit by flash floods.
2 March 2006- Shah Alamhit by flash floods.
19 December 2006- Several parts of Johorstate including Muar, Johor Bahru, Skudaiand Segamatwere hit by flash floods. (Source: Utusan Malaysia, 20 December 2006)
10 January 2007- Several parts of Johorwere hit by flash floodsagain. (Source: Utusan Malaysia, 11 January 2007)
10 June 2007- Kuala Lumpurhit by flash floods, worse since 10 June 2003.
*December 2007 – Several parts of East Coast of peninsula including
Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahangand Johorwere hit by flash floods.
*Given Malaysia's geographical location, most floods that occur are a natural result of cyclical
monsoons during the local tropical wet season that are characterised by heavy and regular rainfall from roughly October to March.
*Inadequate drainage in many urban areas also enhance the effects of heavy rain, though efforts are underway to resolve this (see below).
*Floods in Southern Johor was believed due to recent Global Warming effect. This is because Johor is not within the usual monsoon affected zone.
DID flood stations
List of flash floods areas in Malaysia
Klang Valley and Selangor
Klang Riverin Klang Valley
**Kuala Lumpur city centre near
Dang Wangi, Kuala Lumpur
Gombak Riverin Klang Valley
Kerayong Riverin Kuala Lumpur
Sungai Besinear Razak Mansion
Damansara Riverin Shah Alam
**From Taman TTDI Jaya, Giant Hypermarket,
Shah Alam Stadiumuntil Batu Tiga.
*Seberang Jaya Interchange underpass on Butterworth-Kulim Expressway near Carrefour Seberang Jaya
Kepala Batasnear Sultan Abdul Halim Airport, Alor Star
Kelantan Riverin Kelantan
**Tangga Krai, Kuala Krai
Terengganu Rivernear Kuala Berang
Pahang Riverfrom Temerlohto Pekantown
Kuantan Riverin Kuantan
*Along Sungai Air Molek in
**From Johor Bahru Prison, Federal Building (Wisma Persekutuan),
Tabung HajiBuilding, JOTIC, Dewan Jubli Intan, until Court Building near Istana Besar.
Skudai Riverin Johor Bahru
Tebrau Riverin Johor Bahru
**Kampung Kangkar Tebrau
Johor Rivernear Kota Tinggi
*Along Sungai Benut from
Simpang Renggamto Benut
Sungai Simpang Kiriand Sungai Simpang Kananin Batu Pahat
Semberong Riverin Batu Pahat
Segamat Rivernear Segamat
Muar Riverfrom Segamatto Muardistrict
:"(Source:Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Malaysia)"
As a result of flooding which is aggravated in
La Ninayears like 2008, a sense of complacency sets in amongst Malaysians who should be preparing for the more frequent El Ninoyears when dry or drought conditions are commonly experienced. Added to this is the growing thirst of Malaysia's growing population. Water saving measures should be planned in advance including possibly taxes on private swimming pools, spas, jacuzzis and bathtubs to encourage people to use only showers for bathing. Water saving devices could be installed in all water taps. Industrial and commercial water users could be taxed or fined for wasting water or inefficient water use. The sale and use of fountains could be banned. More water storage facilities could be built in anticipation of drought-like conditions. Tax incentives could be given to property developers to build water storage facilities. More man-made reservoirs could be dug. De-salination plants could be built in coastal areas near major cities like Kuala Lumpur/ Port Klang, Penang, Melakaand Johor Bahru. Recycling of sewage water by membrane filtration should be looked into. The Malaysian Armycould have a new fleet of drinking water trucks that can reach remote drought stricken areas.
* [http://www.water.gov.my Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Malaysia]
* [http://www.kjc.gov.my Malaysian Meteological Services]
* [http://infobanjir.water.gov.my/ Infobanjir @ DID Malaysia]
* [http://infobanjir.water.gov.my/realtime.htm Latest Malaysian flood info]
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