Picture from the flood in 2014 that affected 120,000 Malaysians living in Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang (Image: SBS.com.au)
Major rainpour is about to hit the east coast of the Peninsular, warns the Pahang Meteorological Department. "We expect rainfall from the second week of November with heavy rains from December to January next year. If there is continuous rainfall, massive floods are likely," a department spokesman said. All relevant parties have been moved to action. Consider this your warning if you live on the east coast. A storm's about to hit your home. Make preparations now.
Residents will be evacuated before the flood waters reach dangerous levels and the Civil Defence Force will act as a secretariat to oversee flood relief operations. The police, Welfare Department, and Fire Rescue Department are also getting ready for the rain.
A total of 107 forward bases will have food stockpiled for up to three days beginning November 7 and a warning will be issued 48 hours in advance. 666 temporary relief centres have been identified, capable of housing 165,650 flood victims with additional centres available should the need arise.
If you're worried about the floods affecting those of us here in the west coast, why not take a look at this Form Five student's flood warning invention
? One of the team members was himself a victim of the floods in Kelantan in 2014. Goes to show that we're learning from the horrors of the past and improving our futures.