Despite being warned about the possibility of major flooding this monsoon season, prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob insisted on holding a general election this year to resolve the political instability in the country.
As expected, it is less than a week before Malaysians come out to vote, but the country is facing the wrath of mother nature.
According to National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), six states in Malaysia and ten districts in the states of Penang, Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, and Kelantan were hit by floods as of Sunday (13 November).
NADMA also said that in the past 24 hours, the agency recorded a significant increase number of flood victims, from 1,359 to 2,388. It added that flood victims who have been displaced are currently being housed 25 relief centers across the peninsula.
“A significant increase in victims was recorded in Pasir Mas district in Kelantan, while most other relief centres in the other states showed a declining trend or no change,” NADMA said in a statement.
In response to the emergency, NADMA said eight new relief centres have been opened, with three each in Johor and Kelantan and one each in Penang and Perak. These relief centres usually include schools and community halls.
Meanwhile, the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) also issued a warning about the possibility of flash floods in a number of location in Terengganu, Selangor, Penang, Perak, Kedah, Johor, Kuala Lumpur, and Pahang.
DID also warned that three rivers across the nation had now recorded dangerously high water levels — Long Jegan in Miri, Sarawak; Rantau Panjang in Pasir Mas, Kelantan; and Sungai Melaka in Batu Hampar, Melaka.
According to MetMalaysia, the northeast monsoon season will last until March next year and during this period, low-lying and riverine areas may experience floods.
Nonetheless, MetMalaysia said that the high tide phenomenon may occur starting Sunday (6 November) until 11 November and 22 to 27 November, followed by 7 to 12 December, 22 to 26 December, 6 to 10 January, and 21 to 25 January.
Good weather on polling day
According to the weather forecast by MetMalaysia, most states will be experiencing good weather in the morning of the polling day on Saturday (19 November).
On its website, MetMalaysia forecasted that there will be no rain in the morning in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor.
However, the agency predicted that there will be thunderstorms and rain in most states in the evening, especially on the East coast states of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.
As for the northern states of Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak, these states would experience rain and thunderstorms in the morning and evening.
On the other hand, Sarawak on Saturday morning is fair but thunderstorms are predicted to occur in one or two places in the interior in the evening, while Sabah is expected to experience thunderstorms in one or two places in the morning and evening.