(图片：水灾给百姓带来巨大的损失。| 来源：Canva 图片库)
(图片：淹没的村镇。 | 来源：Canva 图片库)
While its towns bear the consequences of extreme weather, experts and politicians push for a long-awaited climate bill to be signed into law.
MANY Malaysians remember the floods of December 2021, when roads turned to rivers, and homes were swept away or submerged by rising water.
The disaster claimed 50 lives, at least 400,000 people had to be evacuated and financial losses were estimated at RM6.1 billion, according to a 2022 analysis by Serina Rahman, an environmental anthropologist.
Young Syefura Othman, the member of parliament for Bentong district in Pahang, recalls how three consecutive days of pelting rain inundated her constituency. The flooding happened “of course because of climate change,” she said.
(A man walks through floodwaters in Taman Sri Muda, Malaysia, December 2021 | Image: Alamy)
Floods might hog the current natural disaster news in Malaysia, but landslides are occurring too. Does Malaysia have what it takes to handle landslides?
CARRYING her one-month-old baby, Pricila Gracelyn rushed out from her hillside house in Penampang, Sabah in terror and pain as a big falling tree and cascading mud almost split her home into two.
“I was just about to lay my baby down on the bed when I suddenly heard a loud sound coming from above us. I thought it was thunder,” remembers Gracelyn.
“Maybe it’s my instincts, I carried my baby and escaped from the room, and in a blink [of an eye], our house was destroyed by the landslide.”
(Composite photo: Soil and trees destroyed Gracelyn’s house in Penampang, Sabah in September | Pics by Pricila Gracelyn)