‘No massive floods in east coast this week’


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Nov 2016

PETALING JAYA: Heavy rain is expected daily in several parts of the east coast but no massive floods, for this week at least.

Drainage and Irrigation Department director-general Datuk Seri Zulkefli Hassan said there was no sign of big floods, based on the rainfall data.

The Meteorological Department has also yet to forecast heavy showers that could cause massive floods.

“We are monitoring the situation and there are no signs that there will be continuous heavy rain this week,” said a spokesman for the department.

“Big floods can be expected if there is continuous rainfall for three to five days, but this has yet to happen.”

The east coast monsoon, which began last week, typically goes on until March.

On the west coast, high tides and daily thunderstorms could cause rivers to swell, leading to flash floods, said the spokesman.

But the country was experiencing moderate winds from the east and MetMalaysia meteorologists were not expecting continuous downpours.

The wet weather is expected to continue over the next few days, with some downpours in several places, especially in east coast states.

West coast states are expected to experience rain in the mornings as well as rain and thunderstorms in the evenings, beginning Saturday.

The public are reminded to stay vigilant for floods.

Updates are available at the Meteorological Department website, www.met.gov.my; its myCuaca mobile app; MalaysiaMet on Facebook; @malaysianmet on Twitter, or by calling the MetMalaysia hotline, 1-300 22 1MET (1638).

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