The National Disaster Management Agency stated that seven states in Malaysia were affected by floods Sunday. Thousands of people were evacuated. This brought the total number of people who were affected by heavy rains in the past two weeks to more than 125,000. The agency stated that floods were still affecting Kelantan and Terengganu, Johor and Malacca, Johor, Negeri Sembilan as well as Sabah. They also said that 8,727 people were sheltering in 128 relief centres.
It said that floods in the country have affected 125 490 people, while 117 700 evacuees have returned to their homes. Floods are common along the east coast of Malaysia in the annual monsoon season, which runs from October to March. However, the unusually heavy rainfall that began Dec. 17 left thousands homeless and forced emergency services to work harder.
According to a police tweet, which cited Inspector-General Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani Sani as the source, 50 people have died and two more are missing from the floods. The National Disaster Control Centre issued a disaster preparedness notice following the warning from the meteorological department about heavy rains.
The Department of Irrigation and Drainage issued a warning about high tides Jan. 2-5 and advised residents living west of Peninsula Malaysia. Malaysia stated that it will provide cash assistance and other forms of relief to those who are affected by severe flooding, totalling 1.4 billion Ringgit ($336.22 Million).
It is also seeking $3million from the U.N. Green Climate Fund for a national plan to adapt and combat climate change. ($1 = 4.1640 ringgit)
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