More than 100,000 evacuated after Malaysia’s worst monsoon floods in decades

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 103,412 people have been evacuated in the Malaysian northern states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak and Perlis, hit by the country’s worst monsoon floods in decades, reported state news agency Bernama on Friday.

In a statement, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said extremely high levels of floodwater and bad weather have made relocating people and sending food supplies by helicopters difficult.

Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, flew into flood-ravaged Kelantan today and ordered the deployment of more helicopters, boats and land vehicles to reach and help the affected people.

Describing the floods as worse than anticipated, he said the air, water and land transportation assets currently deployed were inadequate to face the floods of such proportions.

North-eastern peninsular Malaysia, which is worst-affected, is regularly hit by flooding during the annual north-east monsoon, but this year’s rains have been particularly bad.