In December 2006, the southern states of Peninsular Malaysia was deluged with unseasonal heavy rain which caused massive widespread flooding. The disaster caused tremendous losses and was unprecedented in recent history as floods typically occur in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia during this time. Residents in the affected states were not prepared and did not expect such flooding to occur.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a report (http://www.met.gov.my/pdf_archives/Flood_17_20Dec2006.pdf) attributed the disaster to "cold surges, strong convergence and cyclonic wind shear". Whatever the cause, my family was among many who found their homes underwater.
The loss of property, valuables and time is a small price paid compared to those who found their homes entirely submerged and losing friends and family. Although it happened almost 2 years ago, the disaster continues to be a reminder as to how much our climate has changed and the 'predictability' of seasons no longer as reliable.