Categories: World News

Thousands Flee As Floods Worsen In Malaysia

A woman walks past items from her household, which were damaged during the recent floods, in Shah Alam, Selangor on December 27, 2021. Arif KARTONO / AFP

 

Thousands more people have fled swamped homes as heavy rains exacerbated flooding in seven Malaysian states, officials said Sunday, with over 125,000 people evacuated in total since mid-December. 

The National Disaster Management Agency said the weeks-long bout of bad weather was expected to carry on until Tuesday.

Dangerous water levels were detected in rivers in at least five states, a government monitoring website showed Sunday, with rising levels recorded in many other areas.

Some 50 people have been killed so far, a police Facebook post on Saturday said, with two still missing.

READ ALSO: US Airport Chaos As Over 2,700 Flights Cancelled

The tropical Southeast Asian nation often faces stormy weather around the year’s end, with seasonal flooding regularly causing mass evacuations.

But authorities have been taken by surprise by the days of constant rain that began on December 17, causing rivers to overflow and inundating cities.

Malaysia’s richest state of Selangor — the country’s commercial hub — has been among the worst-hit.

Around 117,700 of those evacuated since mid-December have returned to their homes, though nearly 10,000 people in five states on the country’s peninsular and in Sabah state on Borneo island have sought refuge in relief centres, official data showed.

AFP

Ignatius Igwe

Disqus Comments Loading...
Share
Published by
Ignatius Igwe
Tags: Flood Malaysia

Recent Posts

  • Local

World Drug Day: Abba Kyari’s Case Will Not Last Long – Marwa

  Chairman the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig-General Mohamed Buba Marwa, says the case against embattled Deputy Commissioner…

8 hours ago
  • Politics

Those Doubting Tinubu’s Credentials Should Go To Court – Farouk Aliyu

Farouk Aliyu has told those doubting the credentials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to seek…

8 hours ago
  • Politics

Deputy Governorship: I Have Never Failed With Leadership – Tonto Dikeh

Actress turned politician, Tonto Dikeh says she has never failed with leadership and is therefore, capable of succeeding as Deputy…

8 hours ago
  • Local

Flooding: Lagos Govt To Divert Traffic In Ogba For Installation Of Concrete Culvert

The Lagos State Government will on Tuesday, June 28 divert the traffic along Oba Ogunji Road, Ogba for one week…

8 hours ago
  • Local

Abducted Catholic Priests, Two Others Regain Freedom After One Month In Captivity

Two Catholic priests and two other persons abducted by suspected gunmen at Saint Patrick Catholic Church Gidan Maikambo, Kafur Local…

9 hours ago
  • Headlines

2023: I’m Still Searching For My Running Mate – Tinubu

  Ahead of the 2023 general election, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Sunday…

9 hours ago