ACTNews, MALAYSIA – A number of areas in northern Malaysia were hit by heavy floods on Sunday (2/27/2022) after the heavy rainfall in Malaysia in the past week. About 12,000 residents were evacuated.
As reported by the AFP news agency, the locations worst affected by the floods were Kelantan and Terengganu. Thousands of residents are staying at relief centers that have been provided by the local government.
In response to the flooding, Malaysian Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said local authorities were being deployed to evacuate the victims.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department warned that severe weather would continue in the northern states of Malaysia. Heavy rains are also expected in much of peninsular Malaysia as well as in parts of Borneo Island. Warnings were also issued for strong winds and sea storms, particularly in the South China Sea and the northern tip of the Malacca Strait.
The flooding happened after the heavy monsoon rain that led to severe flooding in late December 2021. At that time, tens of thousands were displaced and 50 residents were killed. The material loss was estimated to reach tens of billions of Malaysian ringgit.
Last December, Aksi Cepat Tanggap distributed aid from the Indonesian people to the victims of the floods, including food aid, mattresses, blankets, clean water, and cleaning equipment.