Fri11242017

LAST_UPDATEFri, 24 Nov 2017 6pm

Rantau Panjang Residents Brace For Floods With Monsoon Season's Arrival

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RANTAU PANJANG: With the official arrival of the monsoon season, villagers living along the Golok river here are preparing for the possibility of floods in their district.

Many residents, especially those residing near the riverbanks, say they have made the necessary preparations for a possible deluge.

Nik Ramlah Abu Bakar said she decided to keep all her family's important documents in a safe place after hearing the latest flood information provided by the Meteorological Department.

"I have kept the documents in a place that I can easily reach in case my village is hit by flood.

"It is normal for my area to be flooded, as it is situated in a low-lying area here," said the 48-year-old mother of two from Kampung Lubok Jong.

Lubok Jong is among several villages in Rantau Panjang that are routinely flooded during the monsoon season.

Another villager, Nasir Mat Seman, said he has repaired the roofs of his house in time for the heavy rains.

"Three of my roofs were damaged recently, and I had to repair them to keep my family safe and dry,” said the 59-year-old odd-job worker.

A check at a jetty here showed that the Golok river is still at its normal level.

In a statement today, the Meteorological Department said that the monsoon season is expected to begin on Monday in Malaysia, bringing heavy rain for the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

The Department said that four or five episodes of heavy precipitation are expected during this rainy season, which will end in March 2018.

It added that downpours are expected in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor in November and December.

- NST