Heavy rains in Johor, Pahang, Terengganu and Sabah, warns MetMalaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) yesterday issued an orange category weather warning alert on heavy rainfalls, in several districts in Johor, Pahang and Terengganu until today, and Sabah until tomorrow.

Heavy rainfall is expected over Segamat, Kluang, Mersing, Kulai and Kota Tinggi in Johor; Jerantut, Maran, Kuantan, Bera and Rompin in Pahang and Dungun and Kemaman in Terengganu.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall was forecast to hit Keningau, Tambunan, Ranau, Kota Belud, Sandakan and Kudat in Sabah until tomorrow.

The north-east monsoon rains have caused floods in nine out of 10 districts in Johor as well as two districts in Pahang.

As of 1pm yesterday, 9,435 people from 2,258 families had been evacuated in Johor with the affected areas being Muar, Mersing, Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Segamat, Pontian, Batu Pahat, Johor Bahru and Kulai.

While in Pahang, as at noon, 1,055 people from 271 families had been evacuated in Rompin and 19 flood victims were evacuated in Temerloh.

Meanwhile, strong winds of between 40 to 50 kilometres per hour with waves reaching 3.5 metres high are also forecast over the coastal areas of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and East Johor.

This can cause seawater to overflow into estuaries and coastal areas, the statement said.