Malaysia’s Meteorological Department (METMalaysia) has issued another danger or ‘red alert’ warning for several areas in Perak, Pahang, Selangor, and Kuala Lumpur.
In its official Twitter, METMalaysia said the heavy and persistent is expected to continue for another day today (19 December).
The warning from the department showed several districts in Perak, Pahang, Selangor, and Kuala Lumpur in red, while parts of Kedah, Penang, Kelantan, Putrajaya, and Negeri Sembilan in orange, and regions in Perlis, Terengganu, Melaka, and Johor in yellow.
The warning was issued by the department at 1.44 a.m. on 19 December.
According to METMalaysia director-general Muhammad Helmi Abdullah, the low tropical pressure system that is present in the Straits of Melaka is causing heavy rains in almost all states in the peninsula.
He added that the other factor for the heavy downpour was the relatively strong monsoon rains.
“Currently, the country is experiencing the northeast monsoon… this continuous heavy rain is also due to the tropical depression,” he was quoted saying by NST.
The heavy downpour that has been going on since Friday (17 December) has caused flash floods in several areas and thousands of people have been displaced by the floods.
It was reported that Shah Alam and Klang were among the worst-hit areas in the Klang Valley and thousands of vehicles have been trapped on the road for more than 12 hours now, due to the rising floodwaters that cut off access to roads and expressways.
In addition, the rain has also caused water levels of the 4 main rivers to exceed the danger level.
According to Environment and Water Minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, they are Sungai Batu in Sentul, Sungai Klang in Tun Perak, Sungai Gombak in Jalan Tun Razak, and Sungai Kerayong near Razak Mansion.