It’s wet, wet days for Johor, Sarawak

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  • Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020

Devastating deluge: The bridge across Sungai Ketil in Kampung Kerinting was closed after it was flooded under a metre of water. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Further downpours are expected around the country over the next few days as the south-west monsoon season continues, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia).

Its long-term weather overview indicated parts of Johor and Sarawak would have slightly more rain than average in the coming days.

Residents near Mersing, Kota Tinggi, Kulai, Pontian, Johor Baru, Iskandar Puteri, Kluang and Batu Pahat in Johor can expect rain for the rest of the month.

This is also the same for Kuching, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei and Sibu in Sarawak.

Other states will get average rainfall of between 50mm and 300mm.

The south-west monsoon started on May 18 and should last till September.

Usually, there is less rain during the south-west monsoon season compared to during the north-east monsoon and the inter-monsoon seasons.

This is due to lowered humidity levels and stable atmospheric levels.

However, this year’s monsoon season was weaker, which led to more rain in May and June compared to previous years.

Temperatures are also expected to remain between 32°C and 34°C.

In Johor, flash floods in Muar and Tangkak forced more than 200 victims into three temporary relief centres.

Johor Health and Environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said that as at 4pm, Muar has the highest number of victims with 175 people from 37 families.

“Victims have been moved to temporary relief centres at SMK Bandar Maharani and SMK Dato Sri Amar Diraja, ” he said in a statement here.

Vidyananthan added that some 52 victims from 10 families in Tangkak have also been relocated to SK Parit Bunga.

In Gua Musang, Kelantan, more than 1,000 residents in Kampung Enam Renok have been cut off after a bridge across the Galas river collapsed.

According to Bernama, the bridge was submerged in floodwaters for six hours before it foundered on Sunday evening.

Villagers are now forced to use the narrow and dangerous railway bridge which can only be accessed by pedestrians and motorcycles to get to Gua Musang.

Resident Azman Daud, 49, said the bridge collapsed at 4pm as floodwaters were receding.

He said the villagers were shocked to see the 11-year-old concrete bridge collapsing.

“We really hope that the government will build a new bridge quickly, ” he said.

Another resident, Kua Eh Say, 56, added that they were concerned about the safety of children who had to use the railway bridge to get to school, which reopens tomorrow.

According to Bernama, an outing by five expatriates to a resort in Taman Negara, Pahang turned sour after their cars were submerged in flash floods.

Jerantut District Police chief Supt Mazlan Hassan said the five cars were among six vehicles involved in the incident. The sixth car belonged to a resort worker.

The cars had been parked near the jetty to Taman Negara since Sunday.

It is learnt that they had been advised by locals against parking there.

Mazlan said the expatriates, aged between 33 and 52, were from Australia, Britain, China, France and the Netherlands, and had addresses in Kuala Lumpur.

The cars included a Nissan X-Trail, Toyota Fortuner and a Mercedes Benz GLC 250.

The 34-year-old resort worker’s car was a Proton Wira.

“The cars have been towed to the Kuala Tahan Police Station but the value of the loss has yet to be determined, ” he said.

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