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Malaysian Experts Said Lack of Early Warning of Flood is the Main Culprit in Heavy Casualties
2021-12-23

  Experts from Selangor pointed out that although the Meteorological Department issued a warning that there would be continuous rainfall in the Klang River and other areas, the relevant authorities in the Klang Valley did not issue an early flood warning, resulting in people being unprepared when the flood came.

  Severe floods in many states of Malaysia last Saturday have killed at least 28 people, the highest number since the 2014 flood. Experts believed that the flood can not be entirely blamed on the climate. Human factors, such as the late action and lack of early warning by the National Disaster Management Agency and the National Security Council, are the main culprits of the disaster.

  According to the Malaysian official media the Malaysian National News Agency yesterday, Selangor and Pahang had suffered the most serious casualties, and 20 and 7 people had been reported dead respectively in these two states and many others are missing. What’s worse, the death toll may increase in the country. In 2014, the states of Kelantan, Pahang, Terengganu, Perak and Johor had witnessed serious floods with 21 people dead totally.

  Halisa abdulman, an associate professor of Environmental Science at Universiti Putra Malaysia, pointed out that although the Meteorological Department has issued a warning of continuous rainfall in the Klang River (Selangor and Kuala Lumpur) and other areas, the relevant authorities in the Klang Valley did not issue an early flood warning, resulting in people being unprepared when the flood came.

  Azzan, a meteorological expert, also said that Malaysia has a good flood warning system, but the National Disaster Management Agency, the Meteorological Department and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage did not send an alarm to the residents of the Klang Valley in time. "Take Kelantan on the east coast for an example. They have a very good disaster alarm system. People would get instant information from Facebook or other channels. I don't know why the government of Kelantan did not do so."

  Fredo, professor of Earth Science and Environment Department of National University of Malaysia, said that Selangor had suffered the most serious flood disaster ever once, which showed that this time the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsula would also experience the same serious disaster as the east coast flood in 2014. Therefore, it is necessary for the government to improve the early warning system. "An important lesson we can learn from this disaster is that during the northeast monsoon season, major floods may occur not only on the east coast of the Peninsula, but also on the west coast. The authorities must reassess the early warning system and consider every possibility."

  Mohamed shayodi, associate professor of the Global Sustainable Development Research Center of University of Science Malaysia, agreed that the failure of the authorities to learn a lesson from the previous disasters is the reason for the repeatedly increasing casualties.

A total of 137 vaccination centers and 1 vaccine storage center were out of operation.

  In addition, affected by the flood, 137 Covid-19 vaccination centers and 1 vaccine storage center in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Pehang were unable to operate. It is estimated that 26,600 people about to get vaccinated will be affected.

  China Press reported that Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah pointed out when asked yesterday that the Covid-19 vaccine in the affected areas had been transferred to other health facilities, and the vaccine inventory is still enough to meet the needs of the Covid-19 immunization plan. "We are monitoring the situation of the affected vaccination center. Once it resumes operation, we will send a new appointment date to people as soon as possible."

  He also said in an announcement that up to 3 p.m. yesterday, 361 flood victims had been confirmed with Covid-19, but there were no cases of infection in the temporary evacuation center. There are 3519 newly confirmed cases of Covid-19 yesterday in the country, including 100 imported cases, of which 89 were Malaysian citizens. This is also the highest number since April 29 this year (72 cases).

  There are so far 2,728,203 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Malaysia. With 57 deaths reported on Tuesday, there is a total of 31,192 death cases.