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A man sits on a boat in a flood affected area in Temerloh, December 7, 2013. Four states in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia have been affected by the annual monsoon floods. — Reuters picA man sits on a boat in a flood affected area in Temerloh, December 7, 2013. Four states in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia have been affected by the annual monsoon floods. — Reuters picKEMAMAN, 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.

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  • A car is submerged in Sungai Isap river in Kuantan, about 300 km (186 miles) outside Kuala Lumpur early December 6, 2013. Four states in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia have been affected by monsoon floods. — Reuters pic

  • Residents lift up their washing machine in a house at Chenor, between the border state of Pahang and Terengganu, December 6, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • A rice cooker is seen at a fun fair surrounded by floodwaters at Chenor, between the border state of Pahang and Terengganu, December 6, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • A women is seen drying her clothes at a fun fair in Chenor, between the border state of Pahang and Terengganu, December 6, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • Workers eat at a fun fair in Chenor, between the border state of Pahang and Terengganu, December 6, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • A bumper car is seen in floodwaters at a fun fair in Chenor, between the border state of Pahang and Terengganu, December 6, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • A woman, who was evacuated after monsoon floods hit, sleeps inside a relief centre at Kemaman, December 6, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • A woman rests next to her baby inside a relief centre after being evacuated at Kemaman, December 6, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • An evacuee eats inside a relief centre at Kemaman, December 6, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • An evacuee sits with her children inside a relief centre at Kemaman, December 6, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • A man sits on a boat in a flood affected area in Temerloh, December 7, 2013. Four states in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia have been affected by the annual monsoon floods. — Reuters pic

  • A child swims in the flood waters in Temerloh, December 7, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • Residents are seen on a boat at a flood affected area in Temerloh, December 7, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • A resident sits in front of his house at a flood affected area in Temerloh December 7, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • A child opens the door to a house at a flood affected area in Temerloh December 7, 2013. — Reuters pic

  • A partially submerged car is seen in front of a house at a flood affected area in Temerloh December 7, 2013. — Reuters pic

“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