Wednesday October 31, 2012
Weatherman predicts wet but normal weather
KUCHING: The amount of rainfall during the wet season end of this year is expected to be normal with no major flooding.
State Disaster Relief Committee chairman Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said the Meteorological Department had predicted that the rainfall at the end of this year would be as usual and might not cause major flooding like in the past.
Speaking at a press conference after chairing the committee meeting here yesterday, Jabu said the committee was, however, well-prepared for any eventualities.
He said this time the committee, together with other agencies involved, would focus on improving their relief approach, like having more forward bases and locating them in hard to reach places.
“The forecast by the Meteorological Department that there would not be any abnormality in this year’s rainy season is good news. The weather is expected to be wet but normal. Flooding may occur in low-lying areas but would not be as disastrous as before.
“However, the department will continue to update us (committee) and give early warnings of potential eventualities,” said Jabu.
He also warned those staying in low-lying areas and near landslide-prone areas to be on alert.
When asked on steps taken by the authorities to identify landslide-prone areas, Jabu said the Public Works Department (JKR) would take the precautionary measures.
“We cannot really predict eventualities. If there is any potential landslides, the public can report to their respective District Offices which would forward the report to our Operations Room. We will then direct it to JKR to handle,” he said.