Three people dead after heavy rainfall causes ‘mini-tsunami’ in Malaysia


Three people have been killed and several others are missing after heavy rainfall caused a ‘mini-tsunami’ in Malaysia.

Footage shows the muddy deluge gushing through a village after flash floods suddenly hit the area in Gunung Jerai, Kedah on August 18.

Resident Khairul Din said: ‘One of my friends died because of the flood. We don’t know how we could start again after this.’

Kedah chief minister Muhammad Sanusi said the flash flood reached up to 5ft-high pouring into the villages like a tsunami while everyone was unprepared.

He said: ‘All three found dead were males, with one of them identified as having died in the landslide while on the way up to Gunung Jera.’

Affected residents had to be evacuated when the water receded while the rescue operations were ongoing which was made difficult by severe damage to roads and infrastructures.

Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand are in the middle of their tropical monsoon rainy season, which lasts until October or November. Soaring temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods.