Floods Hit Malaysia Causing Casualties and Possible Spike in COVID

Floods are currently hitting Malaysia. Floods that have covered nearly eight states have forced the neighboring country’s government to evacuate tens of thousands of people.

Heavy rains that lashed Malaysia for days sent rivers overflowing over the weekend, which inundated several cities, cut off major roads, and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

The Malaysian military used a boat Tuesday (21/12) to deliver food aid to those trapped in their homes. More than 70,000 were forced to flee. Selangor – the most prosperous and densely populated region – surrounding Kuala Lumpur’s capital was one of the worst-hit areas. Parts of the state capital, Shah Alam, remained submerged as of Tuesday (21/12) (BBC, 2021).

Analysts say that this flood itself cannot be separated from the effects of global climate change. Dr. Siew, a climate change adviser for the Center for the Study of Governance and Politics, said that this was evident from the extent of the area that was inundated by floods, where usually some areas in central and western Malaysia are not submerged.
In a press conference last weekend, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Environment and Water Malaysia (KASA) Dr. Zaini Ujang said that the heavy rains started on Friday and lasted more than 24 hours. This is equivalent to the average rainfall for a month and is a once-in-a-hundred-year weather event (CNBCIndonesia, 2021).

The floods that hit Malaysia, in addition to causing losses, also caused not a few casualties. Malaysian news agency Bernama reported that the death toll had risen to at least 27.
The figure consists of 20 people killed in Selangor and seven others who died in Pahang. The death toll is estimated to increase with the number of missing persons reports due to flooding.


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