KUALA LUMPUR – Hundreds of people were evacuated to temporary relief centers as flash floods hit various parts of Malaysia during the first week of the annual northeast monsoon.
This has prompted many general election candidates to cancel hastings to accompany flood victims.
Selangor is the worst affected stateabout 720 victims had been moved from their flooded homes in and around Klang district to seven relief centers by Saturday afternoon.
Datuk Yohan Abd Aziz, Balisan Nacional candidate for the province’s Hur Langat parliamentary seat, said he has 15 boats standing by in different villages, ready to evacuate villagers in case of flooding. rice field.
“Hulu Langat is one of the worst hit areas in last year’s massive floods. We have been fully prepared since then,” he said.
In the northern province of Kedah, the state government opened six relief centers to accommodate around 240 people in Kulim and Bandar Bahr districts, which were inundated by flash floods following heavy rains on Friday evening.
On nearby Penang mainland, about 120 people had been evacuated to three relief centers by Saturday morning after several neighborhoods were hit by flash food the night before.
Prime Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state government has spent RM300 million (S$89 million) on flood mitigation projects over the past decade.
“But even if[the system]exceeds its capacity, there will still be flooding,” The Star quoted him as saying.
In Malacca, about 30 people from 10 families were transferred to two relief centers after flash floods hit five villages in Alorgajah district early Saturday morning.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department warns: Thunderstorms and rain through Nov 17Heavy rain is expected in several provinces of Selangor, Pahang, Kedah, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Terengganu and Kelantan.
The recent flash flood Public outrage rekindled Over the caretaker government’s decision to hold the 15th general election on November 19 during the monsoon season until September 2023.
saw last year One of Malaysia’s worst floods everAs a result, 54 people were killed and about RM6.5 billion in damage was caused.
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