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23 killed in Malaysia's floods
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11:16, December 17, 2007

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Twenty-three people have been killed in Malaysia's floods which lasted for over a week, the New Straits Times reported on Monday.

The latest victims were a 6-year-old girl from northern state of Kelantan and an Indonesian estate worker in central state of Pahang.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department has lifted the red alert status for Pahang and orange alert status for Kelantan and northern Terengganu state, but it warned of heavy rains and thunderstorms with strong winds over northern states of Penang and Kedah.

These alerts come with a warning of flooding in low-lying areas and along river banks.

In Terengganu, all evacuation centers were closed. The water levels of the major rivers have receded to below their respective alert levels.

In Kelantan, the number of evacuees rose to 3,501 people on Sunday, a police spokesman said.

In Pahang, the number of flood evacuees had gone up to more than 21,000 on Sunday.

In southern state of Johor, more evacuees returned home, after the flood situation in the state improved on Sunday.


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