More than 1,000 people evacuated in Johor floods


Dec 6, 2007
More than 1,000 people evacuated in Johor floods

KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA on Thursday evacuated more than 1,000 people in its southernmost state of Johor after torrential rain inundated parts of the region.

State news agency Bernama said 982 people in the state capital Johor Baru and 53 people in Kota Tinggi, north of the capital, were evacuated from their flooded homes.

It quoted Johor social welfare officer Manayi Ibrahim saying that eight temporary relief centres have now been opened in Johor Baru with two more in Kota Tinggi.

Last December, large parts of Johor state were flooded after days of heavy rain that left more than 110,000 people displaced.

The floods, which came in two waves, caused at least 1.5-billion ringgit (S$649 million) in damage, according to government estimates, and were some of the worst Malaysia had seen. – AFP


December 06, 2007 13:10 PM

Johor Flooded, Over 1,000 Evacuated

JOHOR BAHARU, Dec 6 (Bernama) – Continuous rain since last night has resulted in 260 families of 982 people in Johor Baharu and 13 families of 53 people in Kota Tinggi being evacuated from their flooded homes as of this morning.

Johor Baharu social welfare officer Manayi Ibrahim said eight temporary relief centres had been opened in Johor Baharu since 5pm yesterday while two had been opened in Kota Tinggi after eight families of 32 people in Kampung Melati Putih, were moved to the Kampung Melati Putih community hall last night.

Yesterday, 21 people from five families in Kampung Sungai Berangan were evacuated.



Northeast monsoon means heavy showers may last till weekend

This marks the start of the rainy season, which usually lasts from December to January. -ST

Wed, Dec 05, 2007
The Straits Times

SINGAPORE experienced widespread intermittent rain, heavy at times, on Wednesday, brought in by the Northeast Monsoon.

This marks the start of the rainy season here, which usually lasts from December to January, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) in a statement.

The eastern and northeastern parts of the island received the highest rainfall, with 131.2mm and 123.4mm of rainfall being recorded respectively.

This was at Changi Airport and Seletar between 8am and 6pm on Wednesday.

The average monthly rainfall for December is 287.9mm.

NEA said the island’s been experiencing windy conditions in the past several days, due to the onset of the Northeast Monsoon in the region since late November.

The Northeast Monsoon season is characterized by afternoon and late evening showers, heavy at times, and a few periods of prolonged monsoon rain.

The monsoon rain is a result of a steady strengthening of winds over the South China Sea known as a monsoon surge.

Windy conditions are also common.

NEA said the forecast for Thursday is cloudy with intermittent rain, heavy at times.

Afternoon showers may be expected on Dec 7 and 8.