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More floods feared in southern Malaysia; damage so far seen topping US$20 million

More floods feared in southern Malaysia; damage so far seen topping US$20 million

Malaysian authorities are bracing for possible further floods in the country's southern states amid warnings of more rainfall, officials said Thursday, as the death toll rose to 10 from floods that caused more than US$20 million in damage.
Three teenagers have been charged for looting during floods in worst-hit Johor state, the first time such charges have been levied in Malaysia, a newspaper said.
Intermittent heavy rains lasting several hours may hit Johor, which neighbors Singapore, until Sunday due to a "monsoon surge" as strong winds packing 60 kilometers an hour (37 miles per hour) sweep in from Siberia and China, the Meteorological Department said.
Continuous rain may also affect Malacca, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan states until Friday, it warned.
The floods _ the most severe in a century in southern Malaysia _ have displaced nearly 90,000 people over the last two weeks. An official at the Johor flood operations center said police recovered the body of a three-year-old girl and her mother late Wednesday, raising the overall death toll to 10.
"The situation has improved in many areas but the weather forecast is quite gloomy, with sporadic and heavy rainfall expected this week," Che Moin Umar of the Civil Defense Department told The Associated Press.
More than 57,000 people are still living in public shelters in Johor. Others are in temporary shelters in Malacca and Pahang, Che Moin said.
"We are on standby for next possible phase of floods. We have the mechanism right now, with everything in place and operating. We are prepared for the worst."
Works Minister S. Samy Vellu was quoted by The Star newspaper as saying the floods have caused an estimated 81 million ringgit (US$23 million;


Updated : 2021-06-14 21:06 GMT+08:00