24 October 2008

Flood warning issued for East Johor: will Chek Jawa be affected?

In early 2007, there was mass deaths on Chek Jawa following massive flooding in Johor.
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Large numbers of carpet anemones, sea cucumbers, sea stars, sponges and other marine life were found dead on the shores.
Chek Jawa lies at the mouth of the Johor River that drains through Johor. Huge inflows of freshwater from the River that lasts for days or weeks can severely impact intertidal marine life on Chek Jawa. Media reports and related blog posts of this event.

Kok Sheng conducted a study of recovery at Chek Jawa following the mass deaths in 2007. See his excellent Chek Jawa project blog for all the details. Chek Jawa is just starting to recover from this event.

A flood warning has just been issued for East Johor due to higher than average rainfall, a result of "hotter sea surface in the region". Let's hope Chek Jawa won't be subjected to another mass flooding this year.

Residents Advised To Be Cautious Of Inter-Monsoon Period
Bernama 24 Oct 08;
Residents staying in flood infested areas and on hill slopes are advised to be cautious of the inter-monsoon period which normally brings heavy rain and thunderstorms in the evening and at night in the west coast states of the peninsula.

Meteorological Department director-general Dr Yap Kok Seng said the inter-monsoon season period was between mid-September to November.

"Since last September, Perlis, Kedah, Penang and northern Perak have been recording rain fall of above the normal level, a condition which caused flash floods, and, sometimes, land slides at hill slopes in the states concerned," he told Bernama here today.

He said there was more rain this year due to the hotter sea surface in the region, causing more rain clouds to be formed.

Yap said the department would monitor the situation and would issue warning on heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas when the need arose.

On the approaching North-East Monsoon season, which begins in mid-November, he said the states which would be affected by the monsoon were Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and East Johor.

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