Mar 14, 2008

Johor floods in Mar 08: water to 3m in some places

Hundreds flee from Johor floods
The Star 14 Mar 08;

Floods in three districts in Johor have forced the evacuation of a total of 710 people. “Water is about 3m deep in most of the areas,” he said, adding that the floods were caused by incessant rain since Wednesday.

Flood victim numbers decrease
Mohd Faizal Hassan, Bernama 14 Mar 08;

JOHOR BARU, Fri.: The number of flood victims in five districts in Johor dropped to 666 this morning from 710 last night as the flood waters started to recede in several places.

Full reports
on the wildsingapore newsblog.

Why is flooding in Johor of concern to us?

Chek Jawa lies at the mouth of the Johor River.
In 2007, around this time of the year as well, unusual flooding in Johor lead to mass deaths on Chek Jawa.Most of the dead included the large carpet anemones, large sea cucumbers, sponges and sea stars. More about this and the subsequent recovery on Chek Jawa on Kok Sheng's Chek Jawa project blog, which documents his study of the aftermath of the flood.

More links
No more Chek Jawa tours - for now
Boon Chan Straits Times 25 Mar 07
with links to more about the mass deaths, including the first report of the deaths.

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