Dreaded year-end floods begin in northern states

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  • Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018

Penang floods - Filepic

Penang floods - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: The year-end flood season has started with Penang, Kedah, Perak and Perlis on yellow alert until tomorrow.

The alert by the Malaysian Meteorological Department (Met­Ma­­laysia) is issued when heavy downpour lasting up to six hours is expected within a one- to three-day period.

In Pasir Puteh, Kelantan, 26 residents in Kampung Tok Kundur were cut off from neighbouring areas as the road to the village is under 0.5m of floodwaters.

Floods are also forecast today in parts of Terengganu as non-stop rain had caused Sungai Nerus and Sungai Telemong to overflow.

In Kuala Berang, residents of the Felcra Gunung Menerong Village Restructuring Project have moved furniture and electrical appliances to specially built high platforms beside their houses.

Khairul Anuar Abd Halim, 53, said he built a special store to keep his belongings after the massive 2014 year-end floods.

Village Community Management Council chairman Mohd Rosmaini Abd Samad, 37, said the state Welfare Department had prepared essential items for flood evacuees including food, infant formula, diapers and mattresses.

The north-east monsoon which started on Oct 26 and ends in March is set to bring heavy rain to Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor until next month.

West Sarawak and Sabah will experience heavy downpour from December to February.

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