Agence France-Presse. Kuala Lumpur |
Published: 10:44 PM, Dec 19, 2021
More than 30,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Malaysia on Sunday as the country battles some of the worst flooding in years.
The tropical Southeast Asian nation often experiences stormy monsoons towards the end of the year, with flooding regularly lead to mass evacuations.
The rains since Friday have flooded rivers, flooded many urban areas, and cut main roads, stranding thousands of motorists.
More was posted on an official government website recorded as 30,000 flood victims in eight states and territories, including over 14,000 in the central state of Pahang.
Almost 10,000 people fled their homes in the richest state of Selangor, which surrounds the capital Kuala Lumpur. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob was surprised by the severe flooding there.
« The amount of rain that fell in Selangor yesterday, which fell in one day, would normally fall in a month, » he said at a press conference on Sunday.
The premier promised quick relief to the flood victims and initial funding of 100 million ringgit ($ 23.7 million) to repair damaged homes and infrastructure.
A government website showed that Sunday afternoon the water in six central and northeastern states exceeded dangerous levels.
When the floods receded from the capital, business owners returned to their stores to clean up the damage caused by the downpours.
Lee Joon Kee, the owner of a tourist information center and gift shop said it only reopened a few days ago after breaking due to coronavirus restriction en closed for almost two years.
‘It’s very sad, but we have no choice. The only choice (we have) is to go ahead and clean up the chaos, then we’ll move on to our new chapter. «
Dozens of bus routes in and around the capital have been suspended along with the train service to the port city of Klang. </ Operation of three water treatment plants in Selangor has also been suspended, with taps expected to dry up for tens of thousands of people in parts of the state as well as in the capital.
Malaysia’s worst flood in decades occurred in 2014, forcing around 118,000 people Escape from their homeland.
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