Flooding Kills 5 and Displaces 61,000 in Malaysia

More than 60 thousand people have been evacuated after torrential rains caused floods in Malaysia over the weekend, with many trapped in their vehicles and homes.

According to Bernama, the number of people evacuated to relief centers in Selangor and Pahang has risen to more than 61,000 on Monday. 

Police also reported retrieving five bodies of people believed to have drowned during the flood over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said efforts to evacuate residents who are still trapped in their houses in Shah Alam continue.   

“I completely understand the public’s concern about the safety of those stranded by floods, and as I have stressed before, rescue efforts are being intensified, and rescue operations are being carried out nonstop,” Yaakob said.

Earlier, Yaakob promised swift aid to flood victims and an initial allocation of 100 million ringgit ($23.7million) to repair damaged houses and infrastructure.

Ujang of the Environment and Water Ministry (KASA) described the recent heavy downpours as a “once in 100 years occurrence.”

“The annual rainfall in Kuala Lumpur is 2,400mm, and this means (Friday’s) rainfall has exceeded the average rainfall for a month. It is something beyond expectations and only occurs once every 100 years,” KASA secretary-general Zaini Ujang said.

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