Flashfloods Force Evacuations in Several Malaysian States

Flash floods caused by heavy rains forced evacuations in several Malaysian States on Thursday.

Heavy rains in western and northern parts of peninsula Malaysia since Wednesday (Oct 20) caused severe floods in Melaka, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, and Perak, forcing hundreds of families to be evacuated to temporary relief centers.

Melaka, one of the worst-hit areas evacuated 1,105 people (283 families) to nine centers while Selangor evacuated 267 people after flash floods inundated the area.

Hundreds of people more were evacuated from other areas after their homes were flooded.

Meanwhile, Selangor State Fire and Rescue Director Norazam Khamis said the flood situation in several areas continued to improve since 8 a.m. today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy being formulated by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) would strengthen management and intensify the nation’s disaster risk preparedness. 

“In facing the risk of disasters, the well-being of Malaysian families is the key prerequisite, we target people who are always sensitive to disaster risks, have resilience and ability to adapt to disaster situations in this era of climate change,” Yaakob said.

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