Over 26,000 evacuated as floods hit Malaysia again; 1 dead

Kuala Lumpur, March 2 (BNA): Rescue workers in boats lifted families trapped on rooftops and carried others to safety as floodwaters inundated villages and towns in parts of Malaysia, prompting the evacuation of more than 26,000 people as of Thursday. A person died when his car was washed away by flood waters.


The southern state of Johor, neighboring Singapore, was the worst hit, with about 25,000 people moving to relief centers in schools and community halls. Officials said the number has doubled since Tuesday. Five other states were also hit by floods after heavy rains hit the region on Wednesday.


The country is experiencing its sixth continuous bout of heavy rain since the annual monsoon season that began in November, the Meteorological Department said, warning that it could continue into April.


In December, tens of thousands of people were evacuated due to flooding.


The department warned of continued rains in Johor and other parts of the country which could cause more flooding on Thursday.


Posts on social media showed pictures of a road that collapsed due to overflowing water after heavy rains, vehicles and homes were submerged in muddy water, and shops were closed.


In Johor, authorities said a man who was driving to work on a palm oil plantation was found dead after rescuers recovered his flood-swept car.


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