Thursday, December 22, 2005

Southeast Asia's Killer Floods

Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines are reporting some of the worst flooding in recent memory. The floods have taken more than 60 lives and have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands. From Taipei Times:
Widespread flooding has crippled agricultural centers and killed dozens as heavy rains continue across Southeast Asia.

Nineteen people were killed in southern Thailand in the past week, raising to 35 the death toll in the region's worst floods in nearly 30 years, the Thai Interior Ministry said yesterday.

Relief agencies rushed food, clothes and blankets to nine provinces, including three bordering Malaysia, where more than 700,000 people have been affected, the ministry said.

In Malaysia, six people have died in Kelantan, the worst affected of four northern states hit by floods since Friday, the government said.

About 30,000 people were evacuated in the four states, but many have returned home as floodwaters receded in some areas.
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