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According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, the monsoon season in the North-East is expected to last from November 2018 until March 2019. What’s more, Bernama reported that flash floods will be happening more often in 142 hotspots in Selangor.
Selangor’s Disaster Management Unit Head, Ahmad Fairuz Mohd Yusof, said that the expected disaster is due to the amount of rainfall received, which is predicted to be 210mm to 310mm.
Here are some tips from the National Disaster Management Agency that can help if you encounter a flash flood while on the road:
If You’re Caught In A Submerged Vehicle
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Get out of the vehicle and move to a safe location. If there’s no time, break the window and climb up onto the roof of the vehicle immediately. Call the emergency hotline, 999, when you’re at a safer place.
Watch Out For Flood-Prone Roads
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Senior principal assistant director of the agency, Farhan Sufyan Borhan, said that the Public Works Department or local authorities will usually mark flood-prone roads with signs.
“Always obey barricades and signs that warn of road flooding. Even if the water looks shallow enough to cross, do not attempt it. Water can be much deeper than it appears and can hide major road hazards.”
Shallow Waters Aren’t Always Safe
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Farhan cautioned that motorists must be aware of the distance and water level that may be rising. Markers should be used by motorists to identify the water level and to assess whether their vehicles can go through it safely.
“If the water current is strong despite the water being shallow, motorists should stop their vehicle at a safe spot by the roadside rather than risk it by passing through,” he noted.
That said, we should always be vigilant on the roads during this monsoon season. Keep in mind to constantly be updated with the latest insights from local authorities on flash floods or any other road issues to avoid severe inconvenience.
Drive safe, everyone.
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