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MetMalaysia warns of huge floods in November, NADMA to prep up

NewsMetMalaysia warns of huge floods in November, NADMA to prep up

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) warned of the continuous rain in the country from mid-November, as well as the possibility of large-scale floods.

According to NST, MetMalaysia director-general, Muhammad Helmi Abdullah said the La Nina phenomenon would intensify such weather that would last until early next year. He added that the scattered thunderstorms will bring strong wind, heavy rain, and flash floods in October.

He also said the monsoon transition phase usually starts at the end of September and lasts until the beginning of November.

Source: Daily News

“Throughout this period, the weather is usually good in the morning around the country, with thunderstorms often occurring from the afternoon to evening, particularly on the west coast, in the interior of the peninsula, west and central Sarawak, and west Sabah.”

“Flash floods are highly likely in low-lying areas on the west coast of the peninsula,” he explained.

Following that, the northeast monsoon is set to start in mid-November.

“It occurs between November and December, marked by more humid weather, especially in the east coast states, west Sarawak and east Sabah.”

“Rains usually happen in the morning in these states, followed by thunderstorms on the east coast, the interior of Sarawak, and east Sabah.”

NADMA taking active measures

Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) said it is actively monitoring and integrating action with the state’s and districts’ disaster secretariats.

“NADMA’s National Disaster Command Centre (NDCC) will continue to observe the situation in collaboration with various technical agencies,” it said in a statement.

It also advised the public to always refer to MetMalaysia’s website at www.met.gov.my and social media, as well as download the myCuaca app to get the latest and verified weather forecast.

“Residents living in areas expected to experience floods are advised to be on alert for orders from the authorities to evacuate if necessary,” it added.

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