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Greater than 21,000 individuals displaced by floods in Malaysia

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© Reuters. A view of a flooded space as seen from an airplane window, on this display screen seize from a social media video taken throughout a flight from Kuala Lumpur en path to Terengganu, Malaysia December 18, 2021. Image taken December 18, 2021. Ahmad Saifullah Sulong/through

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By Rozanna Latiff, Angie Teo and Liz Lee

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Greater than 21,000 individuals have been displaced from their houses resulting from flooding brought on by torrential rains in Malaysia, state information company Bernama mentioned on Sunday.

Perak was the newest state to be hit by floods, with flooding worsening in six different states.

“Altogether, greater than 21,000 individuals had been evacuated from their flooded houses to reduction centres by midday,” the information company reported.

Over 11,000 individuals have been pushed from their houses on Saturday, as heavy rainfall that began Friday morning induced dozens of street closures and disrupted transport.

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob informed a media convention in Selangor, Malaysia’s wealthiest and most populous area surrounding the capital Kuala Lumpur, that 15,000 individuals there had been evacuated to over 100 reduction centres.

He mentioned the rainfall over the previous day was equal to the overall rainfall for a month in regular circumstances.

Rescue efforts are nonetheless underway for these trapped in autos and outdoors of their houses, whereas stories from Saturday of these trapped at residence have been resolved, he mentioned.

Greater than 66,000 personnel from the police, military and hearth division have been mobilised to assist rescue individuals stranded by flood waters and take them to shelters late on Saturday.

Rohkidah Yusof, 60, was delivering meals to a buyer however discovered herself trapped along with her two kids and two grandchildren in a neighbouring suburb, after rising waters made it not possible for the household to drive residence on Saturday.

They have been rescued by boat by a gaggle of volunteers, who took them to security greater than 24 hours later. Rohkidah, who had lived in Shah Alam metropolis in Selangor state for greater than 30 years, mentioned the floods have been the worst she had ever seen.

“I’ve by no means skilled floods this unhealthy. I need to go residence however I’m unsure how we’re going to get there,” she mentioned, nonetheless unable to go residence as roads to her neighbourhood have been closed.

Selangor resident Mohammad Shahrul Azmir Selamat mentioned his neighbourhood developed on larger grounds was spared the floods however entry roads have been reduce off.

“In the intervening time (provides are) nonetheless okay, in the meanwhile 10 vehicles have arrived. Floods have receded in some areas and the victims already went residence,” the 25-year-old who shot a dramatic drone footage informed Reuters through textual content message.

The Meteorological Division warned of harmful stage of steady torrential rain in Perak, however has downgraded Selangor from hazard stage to alert.

Ismail additionally introduced that the federal government will allotted an preliminary sum of 100 million ringgit ($23.71 million) for home and infrastructure repairs, and can present monetary help to affected households.

($1 = 4.2170 ringgit)

(This story refiles to repair headline)

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