Flood death toll on the rise in Malaysia

08:28, February 01, 2011      

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The death toll of flood in Malaysia has climbed to four, while more than 40,000 residents in several states have been forced to evacuate as the water level continues to rise.

Several districts in the East Malaysian state of Sabah, as well as the states of Johore, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang, have been flooded following the continuous rain brought by the northeastern monsoon winds.

Johore is the worst hit state among the five, whose number of evacuees accounted for more than 30,000.

Electricity supply was disconnected in some districts in the Johore State to prevent electrocution, while some relief centers were reportedly facing food and drinking water shortage.

The Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar ordered the Johore State police to monitor the flood situation closely so that police from other states could be assigned to the state if the need arises.

Rescue equipment could also be sent from other states to the southmost state in Peninsula Malaysia, said Ismail, adding that the police would do whatever possible to facilitate the rescue operations.

According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, the highest level of heavy rain warning has been issued to the Johore State.

However, the flood condition is expected to improve as the rain was expected to continue until Monday night, after which the weather will turn better.

Lower levels of rain warnings have also been issued to several other states in Peninsula Malaysia for Monday.

Source: Xinhua

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