Heavy Rains Cause Flash Floods in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Heavy rains in Malaysia trigger flash floods, prompting evacuations and opening of relief centers. Authorities warn of ongoing risks and urge residents to stay vigilant.

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Heavy Rains Cause Flash Floods in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Heavy Rains Cause Flash Floods in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Heavy rainfall in several parts of Malaysia has led to flash floods, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of residents in the affected areas. The states of Selangor and Negeri Sembilan have been particularly hard hit, with rising water levels in rivers and low-lying areas.

In Selangor, two relief centers have been opened to accommodate 374 flood victims from 88 families. The centers are located at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Merbau Sempak and the Kuala Selangor District Council Hall (MDKS) Desa Coalfields. The affected areas include Rawang, Sg Buloh, Bestari Jaya, Klang, and Shah Alam.

Flash floods have also impacted Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan, where a relief center was opened at the Permatang Pasir Community Hall to shelter 46 victims from two families. As of 2pm on Wednesday, April 17, a total of 70 evacuees from 9 families were housed at relief centers in Port Dickson and Rembau.

Several rivers in the affected states have reached alert and dangerous water levels. In Negeri Sembilan, Sungai Linggi and Sungai Triang in Jelebu recorded high water levels as of 7am on Wednesday. Low-lying areas in Seremban, such as Kg Ismail, Kg Semarak, Kg Singh, Blok B & C Ampangan, Kg Jiboi, Taman Happy, Kg Batu 3, Kg Kuala Sawah, and Angsana Batu 5, experienced rising water levels between one and three feet.

Why this matters: The flash floods caused by heavy rainfall have disrupted daily life and posed risks to residents in the affected areas. The opening of relief centers and evacuation of hundreds of people highlight the severity of the situation and the need for swift action by authorities to ensure public safety and provide assistance to those impacted.

According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, a thunderstorm warning has been issued for several states, including Kedah, Penang, Perak, Pahang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, and parts of Sarawak, until 9am. Residents in the affected areas are advised to stay vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities. As of the latest reports, flood operations are ongoing, and the situation is being closely monitored by relevant agencies.

Key Takeaways

  • Heavy rainfall in Malaysia led to flash floods, prompting evacuations.
  • Relief centers opened in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan to shelter evacuees.
  • Several rivers reached alert and dangerous water levels in affected states.
  • Low-lying areas in Seremban experienced rising water levels of 1-3 feet.
  • Thunderstorm warning issued, residents advised to follow authorities' instructions.