1971 Kuala Lumpur floods

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.
  2. Jansen, Robert B. (1988). Advanced dam engineering for design, construction, and rehabilitation. Springer. p. 517. ISBN 0-442-24397-9.
  3. Fernandez, C. (7 December 1988). "Need to manage our water better". New Straits Times. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  4. "Kuala Lumpur". The 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

  • Chronicles of Malaysia (1957-2007)

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