FLASH UPDATE #1 – Flooding and Landslides in Peninsular Malaysia
Country under monitoring: Malaysia
OVERVIEW: Northeast Monsoon have caused a series of floods and landslides in several states of Malaysia. On 18 Dec 2022 at 0900 HRS UTC+7, Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia (MET Malaysia) issued Danger warning (expected to result to continuous heavy rain with rainfall exceeding 240 mm/day) in Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang (Jerantut and Kuantan), and Severe warning (continuous heavy rain) in Perlis, Kedah (Langkawi, Kubang Pasu, Kota Setar, Pokok Sena, Padang Terap, Yan, Pendang, Sik and Baling), Perak (Hulu Perak), and Pahang (Cameron Highlands, Lipis, Maran, Pekan and Rompin) until Wednesday, 21 Dec 2022. Landslide was also reported by Agensi Pengurusan Bencana (NADMA) Malaysia on 16 Dec 2022 in Batang Kali, Hulu Selangor, Selangor State.
IMPACTS: as of 19 Dec 2022, at 0900 HRS UTC+7, a total of 81 flooded areas and 15 landslides, and 5 roads and 3 bridges in Malaysia were reported by Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR).
As of 19 Dec 2022, 1100 HRS UTC+7, NADMA Malaysia has reported 20 districts in 5 states affected by floods with a total of 8,201 families/28,686 persons displaced in 308 evacuation centres including:
- Johor: 21 families/75 persons displaced in in 3 evacuation centres over Segamat;
- Kelantan: 3,462 families/11,975 persons displaced in 93 evacuation centres over Bachok, Jeli, Kota Bharu, Kuala Krai, Machang, Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Tanah Merah, and Tumpat;
- Pahang: 138 families/561 persons displaced in 5 evacuation centres over Kuantan and Raub;
- Perak: 16 families/49 persons displaced in 2 evacuation centres over Hilir Perak;
- Terengganu: 4,564 families/16,026 persons displaced in 205 evacuation centres over Besut, Dungun, Hulu Terengganu, Kemaman, Kuala Terengganu, Marang, and Setiu.
According to the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADINet), recent flooding event in Malaysia with comparable severity was in 17 Dec 2021, which is resulted to more than 60K displaced persons in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Perak States.
As of 18 Dec 2022, a total of 94 people were affected (at the campsite in Batang Kali, Hulu Selangor, Selangor State when the landslide struck on 16 Dec 2022), of which, 61 persons were rescued alive, 24 found dead, and 9 persons still missing as reported by Angkatan Pertanahan Awam Malaysia (APM).
RESPONSE: Government of Malaysia continue to conduct Search and Rescue, and Evacuation Operation for the disaster events in Peninsular Malaysia. APM has activated Pasukan Respon Bencana Sokongan (PARAS) to respond to the disaster events caused by the Northeast Monsoon in Malaysia.
FORECAST: Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) has released a Flood warning for Johor State, particularly for Mersing District (Sg. Mersing) starting from 19 Dec 2022 at 1100 HRS UTC+7, and Johor Bahru District (Sg. Johor, Sg. Tiram) starting from 21 Dec 2022 at 2000 HRS UTC+7.
The AHA Centre will continue to monitor for further developments and issue necessary updates.
ASEAN Disaster Monitoring & Response System (DMRS), ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADINet); Pacific Disaster Center (PDC Global); ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC);
Malaysia: NADMA, MET Malaysia, NDCC, JKR, APM, JPS;
Verified news media agencies.