The eastern and southern part of Malaysia is now experiencing one of the worst floods in 100 years [Source: TheStar]. Major towns in Johor were submerged in water of about 7-feet deep, cutting off major access roads and utilities lines. Other states such as Malacca, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan were also submerged in water due to heavy monsoon rain.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department has issued Red Alert warning as heavy rain is expected to further hit the east coast and southern states as well as the Klang Valley in the next few days. We (the public) are warned to be prepared to embrace for emergencies. Iâ€™ve experienced the occasional flash flood that hits the Klang Valley, but a major flood like those that hit Johor would be a first (hopefully not).
Itâ€™s like a mini-Katrina hitting our shores, the after-effects of the recent tropical storm Durian that hits Vietnam very recently. Could this weather phenomenon be due to global warming? I believe it could be the reason behind the changing weather patterns that we are all experiencing today all around the world.
It looks like weâ€™ll be having a wet Christmas this year here in Malaysia. May all the victims affected by the floods and evacuation receive the necessary aids and comfort during this festivity.