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Do you still remember the severe flooding in Selangor last December? The Meteorological Department has warned that the northeast monsoon season will start from November this year to March next year and flooding may occur in low-lying areas.
During this period, there will be four to six monsoon surges, which will bringg continuous heavy rainfall and may cause flooding in low-lying areas. The risk of flooding in low-lying areas will be increased if the heavy monsoon rains coincide with high tides.
According to the forecast, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang will enter the heavy rainfall season from November to December, while Johor, Sabah and Sarawak will enter the heavy rainfall season from December to January of the next year. Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Kelantan will have less rainy weather from January to March.
Low-lying areas in several states of the peninsula are likely to be flooded in November, and units are already preparing in advance. The Bureau of Meteorology has also issued an emergency backpack guide to prepare for natural disasters.
In the guide, the weather service recommends people living in high-risk areas to pack 10 items in their emergency backpacks to be prepared in case of a serious flooding outbreak.
The 10 items are clothing, shoes and blankets, whistles, money, flashlights and batteries, durable food, portable radios, emergency medical kits, fresh water, cell phones and rechargeable batteries, as well as important documents such as newspaper birth papers and ID cards.