Flood victims worry about source of income

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Zulkhari Lan Abdullah from Senai, helps remove the mud and grime from his in-laws’ home in Spang Loi. — Pic by Malay Mail.

Zulkhari Lan Abdullah from Senai, helps remove the mud and grime from his in-laws’ home in Spang Loi. — Pic by Malay Mail.

SEGAMAT, Jan 31 — Rural communities hit hard by the floods will face a tough time ahead as the floods not only damaged their homes, but cut off their main source of income.

Villages such as Spang Loi, which rely heavily on the surrounding land to sustain themselves, now depend on the daily delivery of dry and wet goods.

A total of 225 victims from 69 families were evacuated to SK Spang Loi due to the floods since last Wednesday.

Spang Loi is a village located 40km from Segamat.

It was formed in 1950 during the Emergency as part of General Sir Harold Briggs’ forced resettlement plan to combat the communist threat.  Read more

Strengthening regional cooperation to mitigate weather extremes — Shamshad Akhtar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

whatyouthink-new-logo_200_200_100-1JANUARY 29 — This month’s floods in Thailand are a worrisome reminder of the increasing uncertainty of extreme weather events. Thailand’s flood season usually ends in November, but this year, influenced by a low depression and a strong northeast monsoon, widespread flooding in the south of the country has killed more than sixty people, affected over 330,000 households, and resulted in widespread asset losses.

Far from being an anomaly, however, the unpredictability of these extreme weather events may become the norm.  Using a United Nations global methodology to estimate future disaster losses, we anticipate that average annual losses in Thailand due to floods will reach more than US$2.5 billion (RM11.1 billion) by 2030, or 0.65 per cent of the country’s 2015 GDP, which is the equivalent of 2.6 per cent of gross fixed capital formation, and 2 per cent of gross savings.

The final impact on Thailand’s GDP for 2017 will depend on the duration of the floods. To date, the worst affected sector is rubber, which accounts for 1.5 per cent of GDP and 2.4 per cent of export revenues. The Rubber Authority of Thailand estimates that approximately 10 per cent of the country’s rubber production has been lost so far. As Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rubber, accounting for 38 per cent of world exports, a tighter global market supply may result in an increase in prices, which would somewhat mute revenue losses.  Nevertheless, based on climate outlook forecasts expecting the floods to recede by the end of January, a loss of 10 to 15 billion baht could still be expected.  Read more

Slight increase in number of flood victims in Sabak Bernam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

SABAK BERNAM, 24 Jan -- Anggota-anggota Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (APM) membantu memindahkan mangsa banjir di Kampung Parit Lima Gambut, Sungai Besar hari ini.      Seramai 246 mangsa banjir dari 74 buah keluarga ditempatkan di lima pusat pemindahan sekitar daerah Sabak Bernam setakat 3 petang tadi.  --FotoBERNAMA (2017) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

SABAK BERNAM, 24 Jan — Anggota-anggota Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (APM) membantu memindahkan mangsa banjir di Kampung Parit Lima Gambut, Sungai Besar hari ini.
Seramai 246 mangsa banjir dari 74 buah keluarga ditempatkan di lima pusat pemindahan sekitar daerah Sabak Bernam setakat 3 petang tadi.
–FotoBERNAMA (2017) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

SHAH ALAM, Jan 26 — The number of flood victims at three evacuation centres in the Sabak Bernam district increased to 364 people (105 families) as at 8 am today, from 352 people last night.

A spokesman at the Sabak Bernam Disaster Operations Room said the number of victims at Dewan Sri Bernam, Sungai Besar, increased to 161 people (46 families), from 151 victims (42 families) last night.

“The number of victims at Dewan Parit Baru, Sungai Air Tawar, shows a drop from 169 people to 171 people (51 families),” he said when contacted by Bernama. Read more

8,204 evacuated as flash floods hit eight districts in Johor

Source: The Star Online

Shops inundated by flood waters in Segamat town on Tuesday night. Pic from the Star Online.

Shops inundated by flood waters in Segamat town on Tuesday night. Pic from the Star Online.

JOHOR BARU: Eight of 10 districts in Johor have been hit by floods bringing the total number of evacuees to 8,204 from 2,428 families housed in 70 relief centres statewide as of early Wednesday morning.

Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said that Muar was the latest district to be affected by floods with 90 victims evacuated and placed at the Dewan Semai Bakti Gugusan Felda Moakil relief centre.

“Segamat remained the worst hit, as the number of flood victims increased to 6,609 involving 2,012 families in 50 centres as of 6am on Wednesday. Read more

Villagers worry as barrier fails to keep floods away

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Chian (left) and Ong Jing Yan, 35, look at the barrier after it was completed last week. — Picture by Marcus Pheong, the Malay Mail Online.

Chian (left) and Ong Jing Yan, 35, look at the barrier after it was completed last week. — Picture by Marcus Pheong, the Malay Mail Online.

IPOH, Nov 14 — Villagers in Kuala Kurau, Kerian, about 110km from here, were distraught after the barrier they built near the river mouth failed to prevent sea water from overflowing during a king tide yesterday morning.

Food seller Chian Woei Yeong, 39, said the villagers were disappointed their efforts failed to prevent flooding.

“We thought the barrier we raised would stop water from overflowing during the king tide but our hopes were dashed when we saw the roads beside the river flooded,” he told Malay Mail yesterday.

“We were lucky no houses or shops were affected but we are worried about the next few days.”

Chian said the villagers were expecting a higher tide today and feared that this time, the water could reach their houses some 100m from the river.  Read more