A few states in Malaysia are currently reeling from incessant heavy rainfall for the past few days. As per weather reports, it has been forecasted that the rains would continue, and also warned about the occurrence of possible flash floods.
According to The Star, The Irrigation and Drainage Department’s (DID) National Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (PRABN) on Monday (Dec 12) issued readiness notices warning of possible flash floods within 24 hours in six states – Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Selangor, Terengganu, and Pahang.
PRABN issued notices to alert all residents in at-risk areas to be aware of any possibility of flash floods happening within the period.
With susceptibility to flooding, one needs to know the dos and don’ts during these heavy rains.
- Stay indoors during the heavy rains and do not venture out unnecessarily.
- If you’re on the road during these times and visibility is too poor, rather pull over.
- Switch off the electrical mains in your house.
- Keep emergency lights, mobile phones, and power banks charged for backup.
- Store dry foods or instant food for emergencies.
- Keep yourself well informed about flood safety tips advised by the Government or Local authorities.
- Scan and safeguard all your physical documents in digital form as a backup.
- Prepare a bag of necessities to ease the evacuation process.
- Be mentally and emotionally prepared for the possibility of floods.
- Don’t walk in flooded basements or roads and if you encounter wild animals, stay away from them as a safety precaution.
- Don’t touch any loose and hanging wires from any road lamp post.
- Don’t park your vehicles below trees.
- Don’t start or crank the engine if your vehicle is submerged in water.
Stay safe and stay updated with the current flash flood warnings. Make sure to obey the instructions from authorities or flood disaster management agencies.