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Flood crisis worsens in Malaysia

Flood crisis worsens in Malaysia

Malaysia's flood crisis worsened yesterday with more downpours that forced tens of thousands to flee their homes and five relief centres to reopen in southern Johor state.
More than 65,000 people nationwide have been forced to evacuate their homes, most of them in Johor where floodwaters are rising again, the official Bernama news agency said.
The number of evacuees peaked at 90,000 on the weekend but had halved until the situation worsened again on Tuesday.
The death toll from the worst floods in decades stands at eight, and the search for a missing 17-year-old youth continues.
The heavy monsoon rains have also affected central Pahang state and the tourist destination of Malacca, where thousands are sheltering in relief centres. Newspaper reports said crocodiles were menacing flood victims and stealing chickens from backyard coops, and pythons and cobras had also been spotted in abandoned houses.


Updated : 2021-08-03 00:10 GMT+08:00