KEMAMAN, Dec 7 — The torrential flood which battered Kemaman, especially the town of Cukai between Dec 2 and 5, has been described as worse than that which struck the district in 1971, and last year.
Kemaman Drainage and Irrigation (DID) district engineer Abdul Razak Ahmad said the highest rainfall exceeding 1,161 millimetres (mm) was recorded at the Jabor rain station, and 1,029mm at the Padang Kubu rain station.
He said another rain station at Air Putih also recorded high rainfall during the period at 712mm.
“The highest rainfall recorded at the Jabor rain station is almost half of the average rainfall recorded in the entire state, namely between 3,000-3,500mm in a year.
“The quantity of water during the period is extraordinary, as compared to only 500mm at the Air Putih rain station, namely, the highest rainfall recorded from Dec 24 to 27, last year,” he said after a district flood aid coordination meeting here last night.
The meeting was chaired by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said. Also present was Communication and Multimedia Minister and Kemaman Member of Parliament, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
Razak said the extraordinary rainfall in the district for four days from Dec 2-5, was a natural factor.
He said the rainfall flowed into three main rivers in the district, namely, Sungai Jabor, Sungai Tebak and Sungai Air Putih before heading to Sungai Kemaman which flowed into the sea in the vicinity of Cukai.
“In fact, the flood this time is aggravated by the unusually high tide,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the menteri besar said all forms of aid such as food items for cooking, drinks, medicine and blankets would be channelled to the affected residents.
“This includes the full use of the logistics provided by the Malaysian Armed Forces to speed up the delivery of the items concerned, especially in isolated areas and those cut off from land transportation,” said Ahmad. — Bernama