Seven States in Malaysia Hit by Floods, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate

Flash floods are typically defined by violent torrents that burst across riverbeds, city streets, or mountain valleys, sweeping everything in their path. Flash floods can also happen  when a levee or dam fails, or when a debris or ice jam causes a sudden release of water.

It can be difficult to make the link between climate change and flooding. Not only do weather and human-related factors influence whether a flood occurs, but insufficient data on prior floods makes comparing them to today’s climate-driven flood patterns problematic.

Climate change “has detectably changed” many water-related variables that lead to floods, such as rainfall and snowmelt, it is becoming obvious. In other words, while global warming does not directly cause floods, it does worsen many of the causes that do.

Seven states of Malaysia hit by a massive flood

Heavy rains hit seven Malaysian states: Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, and Sabah, resulting in severe floods. A total of 125,490 individuals have been affected by the floods, with 8,727 people taking refuge in 128 relief shelters.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to abandon their homes because of the worst floods Malaysia has experienced in decades, causing about 70,000 people to flee from their homes.

According to a police tweet citing Inspector-General Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, fifty persons have died because of the floods and two are still missing.

Multiple high tide warnings were issued along Peninsula Malaysia’s west coast, and residents were advised to evacuate the region as soon as the reports were received. The National Disaster Control Centre has issued a disaster operation preparedness notice in response to the meteorological department’s forecast of continued heavy rains.

Also read: Massive Flood in Brazil Leaves 18 People Dead and 280 Injured

United Nation’s Adaptive Measures to Tragedy

Green Climate Fund is a one-of-a-kind global platform that invests in low-emission and climate-resilient development to combat climate change. Assisting vulnerable societies in adapting to climate change’s unavoidable consequences.

GCF is one of the World Meteorological Organization’s State of Climate Services contributing partners. The paper, which includes contributions from over 20 international organizations, development agencies, and scientific institutes, provides policymakers’ recommendations for improving the implementation and efficacy of climate services.

Malaysia has also requested $3 million from the United Nations Green Climate Fund to build a national climate change adaptation plan. According to Secretary-General Zaini Ujang, the strategy will focus on areas such as water, agriculture, and food security, public health, forestry, and infrastructure.The government has also pledged 1.4 billion ringgit (11.2 billion Thai baht) for those affected by the flooding.

According to Nadiah Dzulfakar, co-founder of climate activist group Klima Action Malaysia, “Adaptation will take much more funds compared to mitigation because we need to overhaul our urban planning, all these costly infrastructure projects.”

Nadiah Dzulfakar said that a draft adaptation plan should look at the impact of flooding and droughts on food security and crop yields, as well as the necessity for energy-efficient healthcare services with effective communication networks.

Also read: Victims of an Ancient Tsunami 3,600 Years Ago Resurfaced in Turkish Coast

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