Malaysia hit by unprecedented rain; alert issued

Posted on December 6, 2011. Filed under: Climate Change |

(PTI) Malaysian authorities today advised people to be alert and brace for the worst as the capital city witnessed furious downpour, flash floods and strong winds in the past few days, bringing life to a standstill in some places.

Malaysians have been advised to be alert as flash floods could occur even in areas not usually known to be flood-prone, said Douglas Uggah Embas, Natural Resources and Environment Minister.

Attributing the unpredictable weather to global climate change, he said the public should be prepared for any eventualities, citing how Kajang, Selangor areas in Kuala Lumpur were unexpectedly hit by floods on Friday.

Last evening, powerful winds ravaged the city uprooting at least 100 trees, with strong rains making it impossible for motorists to drive.

Many cars were crushed under falling trees though there were no reports of loss of life or injuries.

As of yesterday, 870 flood victims were evacuated to seven relief centres in five states.

Douglas said he had also called on relevant agencies to be on stand-by to implement mitigation measures quickly.

“They must also ensure that the flood warning system in all states are in proper working condition”, he said.

Douglas said the severe floods in Thailand that lasted for weeks was also a result of global climate change.

Meteorological Department director-general, Dr Yap Kok Seng, said the current La Nina phenomenon provided “favourable conditions” for thunderstorms.

The department has issued a warning on strong winds and rough seas.

Massive traffic jams up to 9 pm were reported all over Kuala lumpur yesterday and highway entry points into the city as motorists were forced to slow down due to fallen trees, debris and minor accidents.

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