Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Heavy flooding hits Malaysia, 10 missing, 41,000 evacuated

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Malaysian news agency Bernama reported on Monday that 10 people went missing and more than 41,000 others evacuated after several zones in 8 states of Malaysia were inundated by unusually disruptive seasonal flooding.

The country was affected by severe floods on Friday as torrential rains hit the nation at the beginning of a stormy monsoon season.

According to Bernama, 10 people, including a six-year-old child, are missing, feared swept away by water in the state of Pahang.

In the city of Shah Alam, the centre of Selangor, the state most affected by the floods, the body of a drowned man was found on Sunday night after the level of flooding receded.

Three more bodies of possible flood victims have been found in the suburbs of Shah Alam, the circumstances of their deaths are being investigated by the local authorities, the agency reported.

The total number of evacuated people in partially submerged provinces and Malaysian capital Kuala-Lumpur has exceeded 41,000.

All evacuees have been accommodated in temporary shelters, mainly tents set up on the basis of relief centers for displaced people.

On Friday Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced a package of relief measures and humanitarian assistance to be provided to those affected by floods, including basic necessities and financial support.

Sputnik/NAN

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