Floods caused RM6.1bil in losses nationwide, says Stats Dept

Flood condition at Taman Sri Muda in Seksyen 25 Shah Alam on Sunday morning around 11am. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The floods that hit the country at the end of last year and early this year have resulted in losses amounting to RM6.1bil, equivalent to 0.4 per cent of the nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the Statistics Department.

Its director-general Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said based on the "2021 Special Report on Impact of Floods" in Malaysia which was released on Friday (Jan 28), public assets and infrastructure suffered the highest loss of RM2.0bil, followed by housing (RM1.6bil) and vehicles (RM1bil).

Meanwhile, he said the manufacturing sector suffered a loss of RM0.9bil, followed by business premises (RM0.5bil) and agriculture (RM90.6mil).

The report, which presents the impact of floods, case studies around the Klang Valley and socio-economic statistics at the district level, was obtained based on a special survey to assess the impact of floods conducted from Dec 30 until Jan 27.

The department uses face-to-face census in the affected areas using questionnaires, observation methods and telephone calls in addition to administrative data obtained from various agencies as data collection for the survey.

The affected states are Johor, Kelantan, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Selangor, Terengganu, Sabah, Sarawak, and Kuala Lumpur.

Based on the report, Selangor state recorded the highest losses for categories involving residential, manufacturing sector, vehicles and business premises.

For the residential category, Mohd Uzir said Selangor also stood out with a loss of RM1bil, followed by Pahang (RM425.6mil) and Melaka (RM69.7mil).

"The district that recorded the highest loss in Selangor for the residential category was Petaling (RM258mil), followed by Hulu Langat (RM253.6mil) and Klang (RM252.8mil)," he said.

For vehicles, the three states posting the highest losses were Selangor at RM855mil, Pahang (RM78.2mil) and Negri Sembilan (RM18.3mil).

"in Selangor, Petaling district recorded the highest loss for vehicle damage amounting RM328.3mil, followed by Klang (RM276.9mil) and Hulu Langat (RM155.5mil)," he said.

Mohd Uzir said for the manufacturing sector, Selangor recorded a total loss of RM884.5mil, followed by Pahang (RM5.6mil) and Negri Sembilan (RM1.2mil).

"Selangor also recorded losses of business premises amounting to RM396.4mil. Pahang was the second highest state (RM83.8mil) and then Johor (RM13.8mil),” he said.

He said other studies that had been carried out by the department in flood-hit states were also included in the report to help consumers understand the adverse effects of flooding in the country. – Bernama

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