More than 29,000 people were evacuated in Malaysia on Sunday due to the country’s worst flooding in seven years, government figures show.
Torrential rains since Friday in the Southeast Asian country accustomed to year-end monsoon storms have flooded rivers, inundated urban areas and disrupted traffic on major roads.
A government website reports more than 22,000 flood victims in eight states of the country, including more than 10,000 in Pahang State in central Malaysia.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yacoub expressed surprise to see Selangor, the country’s richest state, engulfed in floods, forcing more than 5,000 people to leave their homes.
“The amount of rain that Selangor received yesterday, usually falls in a month,” he said at a news conference on Sunday, promising quick aid to flood victims and an emergency fund of 100 million ringgit (21 million euros). ,
According to a government website, the water level remained dangerous in six central and northeastern states on Sunday morning.
As the rains reduced in some areas, the Meteorological Department warned that rain is expected to continue in some parts of Pahang.
Malaysia experienced its worst flooding in 2014, forcing 118,000 people to leave their homes.
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