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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Heavy Flooding in Malaysia Leaves at Least Six Dead, Mass Evacuations

At least six people have died and nearly 50,000 were evacuated after monsoon rains caused intense flooding on Malaysia’s east coast.

At least six people have died and nearly 50,000 were evacuated after monsoon rains caused intense flooding on Malaysia’s east coast.

The floods have inundated three states on the east coast and disabled the East Coast Expressway (ECE).

Pahang state was the worst hit, with 20,575 victims that have been evacuated. 

Some residents were even evacuated by a constuction excavator at a submerged village while others were forced to swim through neck-deep waters.

More than 50, 000 citizens have already taken shelter in flood relief centers while the rest are still unaccounted for or being rescued from their homes.

A 41-year-old man had died after wading in floodwaters in his house compound in Pahang.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin announced that 8,653 police personnel from six state contingents were involved in flood relief assistance and that 1,329 units of various police assets had deployed.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has launched “Op Murni” to distribute relief goods to flood-affected areas in Pahang. 

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