Flash flood and community's response at Sg. Lembing, Pahang

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Most flash flood studies in Malaysia focus in urban areas because this is where flash floods occur. However, this study is unique in that it was conducted in a rural area in the state of Pahang. Since the the late 1990s, Sg. Lembing which is located at the confluence of Sg. Kenua and Sg. Kuantan experienced an increase in the frequency of flood. The result of the hydrograph separation analysis shows an increase in quickflow. This indicates that the magnitude of flood has increased significantly. The nature of flood has also changed from monsoonal type to flash flood and its frequency has increased over the years. The result of social survey carried out at Sg. Lembing pointed to land use changes in the surrounding area as the source of flash flood. This study also shows that the tangible loss resulting from flash flood, based on respondents' estimation, was in the region of RM105,000. Each household in Sg. Lembing experienced an economic loss of about RM1166. The loss may seem small. But looking at the low income level of the people in this area, it may be very high. This explains their inability to make necessary adaptation to flood events. About one fifth of the respondents made only slight adaptation to their house structure in an effort to mitigate the impacts of flood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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Keywords

  • Flash flood
  • Frequency
  • Magnitude
  • Perception
  • Sg. Lembing

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Flash flood and community's response at Sg. Lembing, Pahang. / Mohamad, Sulong; Md. Hashim, Noorazuan; Aiyub, Kadaruddin; Toriman, Mohd. Ekhwan.

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