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More than 11 thousand people evacuated in Malaysia amid floods

15:38, 19 December 2021
More than 11 thousand people evacuated in Malaysia amid floods Photo: Reuters

More than 11 thousand people were evacuated due to severe floods in several areas of Malaysia, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Jacob announced on Saturday.


"Many people are locked in their own homes, while some have been on buses for eight hours. I have ordered the Fire and Rescue Department to help them immediately," the PM said.

Heavy monsoon rains flooded several states at once. During this time, there was twice as much precipitation as the previous maximum. According to the head of government, a total of 11,384 people were sent to evacuation centers; 4,500 families were affected by the evacuation.

The rescuers, military personnel, and police are working on the spot as the government is considering declaring an emergency. 

The floods in several areas of Malaysia have become the most powerful over the past 40 years. The National Hydrographic Center issued a warning of heavy rainfall and gusty winds on the west coast of the country.

On Saturday Filipino authorities announced that at least 33 people had been killed by the strongest storm to hit the Philippines in 2021, Typhoon Rai. Dozens of other residents have gone missing.