Segamat flood 2011 update 10th Feb 2011

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(1) Segamat flood 2011 update 10th Feb 2011

Written by Administrator   ; Thursday, 10 February 2011 11:12

It's been 10 days since the big flood on the 30th Jan 2011. Segamat is slowly recovering after the water receded.

It has been hot and dry since the flood receded on the 1st Feb 2011. Segamat turned into a dry and dusty town with lots of potholes on the roads. What a contrast!

Rubbish are being cleared daily but the amount of household and business goods being thrown away daily makes it seem like nothing is being done.

(2) SAVE OUR SEGAMAT - rebuilding the confidence




Written by cmykay   ; Monday, 07 February 2011 22:06

That's what it says here - SAVE OUR SEGAMAT. My previous article was about rebuilding Segamat and that's why I call it S.O.S.

After the terrible floods that raged across Segamat and other states in Johor, there is a dire need to address the question in everybody's minds - especially those residing in Segamat:

1) What next?
2) What are the economic losses?
3) How do we recover the losses?
4) What will be investor confidence towards investing in Segamat since it's now officially THE WORST flood-hit state in
peninsular Malaysia?
5) How do we rebuild confidence?

(3) Aftermath of the 2011 Segamat flood




Written by cmykay   ; Saturday, 05 February 2011 16:53

I was busy making preparations to drive home on Monday, 31 January 2011 for the Chinese New Year holidays. Wanted to beat the mad rush home. It was raining non-stop in PJ on 30th January and on Monday, the rain clouds were looming. I called my mother in Segamat and she told me that Segamat had been flooded. Gosh! Not again!

It started raining on Monday from morning right till late evening. Countless calls were made to my family back home as I feared for their safety, and also - to find out which route should  take in case I wanted to drive back home.

None. Nada. All routes leading to Segamat had been cut off. Segamat was a veritable island on that fateful Monday - 31 January 2011. On that day, numerous houses had been destroyed by the raging floods. Some lives were lost too.

My mind catapulted back to the 2006 floods in Segamat. I remember one of my buddies telling me his poor mother had to sit on the roof of her single storey house in Kampung Abdullah. Utterly soaked and hungry, she was waiting for someone to rescue her. I shall not want to dwell on just how "efficient" our authorities are but suffice to say - their efforts were less than desirable. My friend's mother was rescued later on and I also heard the usual promises about flood mitigation programmes. Hmmmph!

Flood mitigation programmes or what fancy names you want to call it involves enlarging the rivers, tributaries and so forth. Does it really help, I wonder?

(4) Segamat flood 2011 update 4th Feb 2011




Written by Administrator   ; Friday, 04 February 2011 10:52

Its bright and sunny now in the morning and people are hanging out their washing. The weather has been good the last 2 days with just a bit of shower here and there.

Cleaning up is happening in a major way despite the Chinese New Year celebration. Services like TNB, SAJ, KTM, MDS have been working 24hrs a day to restore elecricity, water, railway line and clearing up rubbish.

Some homes and businesses have organised their own rubbish clearance.

Most businesses are still closed with just a few exceptions.

After the 2006 flood, the goverment tried to reassure Segamat people that the 2006 flood was a freak, once in 50 years disaster. I think now, nobody believes this.

Many people have decided to move their homes and businesses to higher ground and not go through the trauma of the flood and it's recovery again.

Areas like Segamat Baru and Bandar Putra (IOI) are starting to look very attractive. Low lying areas like Bandar Utama, Sia Her Yam area, Tmn Segar, Kg. Abdullah, Tmn Midah & Tmn Pelangi will be badly hit. Many people will definitely move out of these areas.

(5) Segamat flood 2011 update 3rd Feb 2011




Written by Administrator   ; Thursday, 03 February 2011 11:24

It's Chinese New Year and most Segamat residents and trying their best to make it a happy occasion for their family despite the terrible flood that came over Segamat this year.

Cleaning up was the main priority yesterday. Those who still did not have water supply, just used the flood and drain water to wash away the mud from the house. They did not want the mud to cake up as that would be very difficult to get rid of later.

Most areas yesterday got their power and water reconnected.. Some areas like Jenalin which had water supply reconnected the day before, lost their water supply for unknown reason.

Most roads in Segamat are passable. However roads into Segamat like Jementah and Gemas are still closed. Please look at the Govt's Flood Situation site for latest on river level and road clos....

(6) Segamat flood 2011 update 2nd Feb 2011




Written by Administrator   ; Wednesday, 02 February 2011 10:28

2nd Feb 2011.

*** Update 5pm *****

Most roads in Segamat are cleared. Electricity has been restored to most areas too.

Happy Chinese New Year to all our Chinese visitors

****** End Update ******

It has stopped raining since yesterday. Water has receded in most areas. Water supply has been restore to  Kg Abdullah, Tmn Jenalin . Electricity is restored to Tmn Jenalin. Taman Segar does not have electricity or phone line. I assume they have water.

(7) Segamat flood 2011 update 1st Feb 2011


Written by Administrator   ; Tuesday, 01 February 2011 04:51

** Update 1st Feb 2011. 4.00pm**

Both the 1st and 2nd Segamat bridge are open to the public. Most roads around town are accessible. The weather is sunny with blue skies.

Latest photos of Segamat taken 4pm at our Flood photo gallery

****1st Feb 2011, 4.50am

Segamat, Johor

The water has receded dramatically in the last 12 hours. 1 to 2 metres in most places. This surprised most Segamat residents as the last flood in 2006 took a few days to recede to this level.

Most roads are passable now or there are alternative routes to take if you need to get somewhere.

My brother paid me a surprise visit at 4am from Taman Jenalin which is towards Medoi. He managed to get out and tour the town. He saw that most roads were passable with a few areas still under a few feet of water.

Last evening around 9pm, a convoy of 4WD vehicles streamed into Segamat town via Jln Genuang to start personal rescue missions.

Now the priority would be for the authorities to reconnect the water and power supply. This is essential to the cleaning and recovery process.

There will be a lot of debris everywhere. Do be careful when driving.

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Comment by wcp on February 23, 2011 at 4:38pm

Referring to Nancy's comment, Segamat is about 200km away from Kuala Lumpur. I'm not sure if that is close or far away? That said, Segamat is in the southern state Johore in Peninsular Malaysia (or West Malaysia; East Malaysia is Borneo) and it is pretty low land in that state. That said, water receding in 12 hours is unheard of.


By the way, I lived in Kuala Lumpur.

Comment by Kojima on February 23, 2011 at 1:23pm

Nancy and Selim, thank you for your comment. I agree with you.

Comment by Selim KARABIYIK on February 23, 2011 at 12:38pm
That's very significant, Nancy. I assume that the plate is in motion there, up and down, like a scale. I think, only because of such a motion, the water can recede so quickly. This looks like a piece of rock being dropped into thick mud and the rock adjusts its weight making some small movements while sinking.
Comment by Nancy Lieder on February 23, 2011 at 12:24pm
This is close to Lumpur which had flooding reports galore aways back. I note the Feb 1st comment "The water has receded dramatically in the last 12 hours. 1 to 2 metres in most places. This surprised most Segamat residents as the last flood in 2006 took a few days to recede to this level." and wonder is, during sinking, there is a rush of water that goes everywhere nearby and then finally finds its level?
Comment by Selim KARABIYIK on February 23, 2011 at 11:30am
Thanks Kojima for bringing news from places normally don't appear in mainstream media to the ning.

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