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About 30,000 people were displaced amid Malaysia’s worst flooding

Over 30,000 people displaced amid Malaysia's worst flooding in years

Key Takeaway:

  • Since Friday, heavy rains have led to waterlogging and overflowing of rivers, submerging many urban areas and cutting off major roads, leaving thousands stranded.
  • More than 30,000 people were shifted from their houses in Malaysia on Sunday as the country battles some of its worst floodings.

Since Friday, heavy rains have led to waterlogging and overflowing of rivers, submerging many urban areas and cutting off major roads, leaving thousands stranded.

More than 30,000 people were shifted from their houses in Malaysia on Sunday as the country battles some of its worst floodings.

The tropical Southeast Asian nation sees stormy monsoon seasons towards the end of this year, with flooding regularly prompting evacuations.

Heavy rains have led to waterlogging and overflowing of rivers. Image: dailysabah

Downpours since Friday have led rivers to overflow, submerging a few urban areas and cutting off major roads, leaving thousands of motorists stranded.

About 30,000 victims across eight states and territories were recorded on a government site, with over 14,000 of them in the central state of Pahang.

Nearly 10,000 people ran from their homes in the country’s most prosperous state of Selangor — which surrounds the capital Kuala Lumpur — with PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob expressing surprise at the flooding.

“The quantity of rain that fell in Selangor the previous day, what fell in one day would have usually fallen in one month,” he told a Sunday press conference.

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The premier promised fast aid for the victims and initial funding of 100 million ringgit to repair damaged houses and infrastructure.

On Sunday afternoon, a government website showed water exceeding dangerous levels in six central and northeastern states.

As floodwaters receded from the capital, firm owners had gone back to their shops to clear up the damage left by the downpours.

Lee Joon Kee, a tourist information center and souvenir shop owner, said he had only reopened a few days ago after closing for nearly two years due to coronavirus restrictions.

“It’s unfortunate, but we have no choice. Only choice to move out and clean out the mess, then we will continue our new chapter.”

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