Thousands evacuated as floods hit Malaysia

December 3, 2013 10:44 PM

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Rising flood waters in various Malaysian states forced thousands of residents to evacuate on Tuesday. 

MALAYSIA: Floods in Malaysia's Pahang state forced more than 5,000 people in four districts to evacuate on Tuesday morning.

A spokesman at the Pahang police headquarters said the four districts were Rompin, Kuantan, Pekan and Maran.

Mersing police chief DSP Zulkifli Hashim said the victims were from 16 villages in the district.

Zulkifli said rain and the rising tide had caused the water level to rise to 3.3 metres on Monday night.

He said some roads could only be accessed by heavy duty vehicles.

Zulkifli added the district operations room was monitoring the situation while the rescue team involving various agencies were evacuating the residents to safer ground.

In Terengganu, 20 residents were also moved from their low-lying residence to three evacuation centres.


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