KUALA LUMPUR: The public should be cautious about the subsequent effects of heavy rainfall such as landslides, especially in hilly areas.
“We want people to be alert to any post-rain impact, such as soil movement, that could lead to landslides especially in locations situated at 25 degrees from hillsides,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah, Sarawak Affairs and Special Functions) Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali (pic).
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“The impact could only be seen after two to three days. Although the rain might have stopped and the flood might have subsided, we must look out for other effects,” he added.
In providing an update on the flood situation at a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday (Dec 20), he said the latest data shows the monsoon will persist until Dec 25.
He said the rainfall in Kelantan and Terengganu is expected to subside from Tuesday, but the downpour is expected to shift to Pahang, Johor and the western part of Sarawak.
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"We have informed the state and district disaster committees to be prepared,” he added.
As of 2pm Tuesday, Armizan said the number of flood evacuees stood at 67,214 people from 18,450 families.
“This is the current flood situation nationwide, especially in the five states where flood evacuation centres have been opened,” he said.
Five states and 20 districts have been affected by floods. A total of 469 relief centres have been opened.