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Mosti Forecasts Flood Not As Severe As Last Year

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) is expecting next month’s anticipated flood to be not as severe as last year, said its Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.

He said this was because the monsoon season forecasted for next month would not be as strong as last year following the El Nino phenomenon which would lower the risk of a major flood.

“This year’s saving grace is actually El Nino following an increase in heat in the Pacific Ocean areas and this will help moderate the monsoon.

“So we are predicting the flood this year will not be as severe due to the El Nino effect,” he told reporters after opening ‘The Technology and Applications For Disaster Management International Conference (TADMIC) 2015’ here today.

In this regard, Madius said his ministry was prepared to face any eventuality of flood this year by providing assistance to the relevant parties.

“We will provide data on the climate and current situation to the parties responsible such as the National Disaster Management Agency (APBN) so that early preparations can be made especially at high-risk places in the East Coast,” he said.

Apart from supplying information, Mosti will also use existing technology such as satellite images so that various flood programmes can be activated earlier.

“The Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency under Mosti has the capability, we can provide images to APBN to enable them to prepare earlier,” said Madius.

The TADMIC conference will focus on latest technology and applications in natural disaster management as well as technology encompassing preventive aspects such as early warning, rescue mission and post-disaster recovery. – BERNAMA

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