1971 Kuala Lumpur floods

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The 1971 Kuala Lumpur floods was a major flash flood disaster in Malaysia that occurred in January 1971. The flooding was the result of heavy monsoon rains,[1] which swelled the Klang, Batu, and Gombak rivers.[2] 32 people were killed and 180,000 people were affected.[3][4] The Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak declared a state of national disaster in Western Malaysia.[4]

The floods were the worst in the country since 1926.[5] As a result of the flooding, the Kuala Lumpur Flood Mitigation Programme was set up.[3]


  1. ^ "Monsoon rains flood Malaysia, toll heavy". The Bulletin. 4 January 1971. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ Jansen, Robert B. (1988). Advanced dam engineering for design, construction, and rehabilitation. Springer. p. 517. ISBN 0-442-24397-9.
  3. ^ a b Fernandez, C. (7 December 1988). "Need to manage our water better". New Straits Times. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Kuala Lumpur". Sydney Morning Herald. 7 January 1971. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Floods wreak havoc, but Man's to blame". New Straits Times. 13 September 1988. Retrieved 17 June 2009.

Further reading[edit]

  • Chronicles of Malaysia (1957-2007)