Thursday, December 21, 2006

60,000 people evacuated in Malaysia floods

CNN is now reporting that 60,000 people in Malaysia have been evacuated due to heavy rains that have flooded some of its southern states. From CNN:
Torrential downpours since Sunday have caused rivers and dams to overflow in the states of Johor, Malacca, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan. Weather officials have described the flooding as the worst in the area in a century.

Johor, the worst-hit state, opened nearly 300 flood relief centers on high ground to house 53,000 residents evacuated from their homes across all eight districts, Che Moin said. In the other three states, more than 7,500 people were forced to leave their homes.

Che Moin said the government will allocate money to help flood victims, although the amount has yet to be announced. Last December, $29.2 million in aid was given to help victims of the monsoon in northern Malaysia.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi "has asked us to expedite all assistance to the victims," Che Moin said, adding that relief teams were flying food and other supplies from Kuala Lumpur to areas largely cut off by the floods.
The report also says that there could be a spike in vegetable prices in Malaysia and Singapore because most of the farms there have been wiped out by the flood.

Flooding in Singapore videos
Drama as floods hits Singapore and Johor

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