By Jennifer Ivegotanicename, TSB contributor
Floods in Malaysia occur regularly during the monsoon season.
Given Malaysia’s geographical location, most floods that occur are a natural result of cyclical monsoons during the local tropical wet season that are characterised by heavy and regular rainfall from roughly October to March. Inadequate drainage in many urban areas also enhances the effects of heavy rain, though efforts are underway to resolve this.
On 27 December 2014, Malaysia had to battle some of the worst floods in decades along its east coast, which killed at least five people. More than 100,000 people have been forced out of their homes. Rescue workers struggled to bring in enough food and supplies for families sleeping in relief centres and the Malaysian government has allocated about $14 million to manage this season’s flood.
The Singapore government pledged S$100,000 to support flood relief efforts in Malaysia. The money will be channeled to flood victims via the Singapore Red Cross. The Government will also provide water purification units to help ensure affected residents have clean drinking water.
Fortunately, Singapore is not affected by the flood despite experiencing some of the heaviest rainfall in years. This is attributed much to the continuous effort by the PUB to alleviate flood prone areas by deepening existing canals and levelling up low lying areas. This is what we called forward planning and we should give credit to the people in PUB for making Singapore flood-free, a least for this year.