Four Dead, 40,000 Flee Homes as Floods Hit Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur: Rescue efforts are underway in parts of Malaysia after seasonal floods killed at least four people and displaced more than 40,000.

Malaysia, like many of its Southeast Asian neighbors, is vulnerable to seasonal floods. Neighboring Singapore has seen heavy torrential rains since February.

Malaysia’s worst floods in decades occurred in 2021, when there were 54 deaths. The widespread floods that year hit eight states and strained emergency services across the country.

The country’s annual monsoon season started in November and people have been evacuating their homes since at least December.

Johor, population 4 million, is Malaysia’s second most populous state and is the worst hit by this season’s floods. Tens of thousands of its residents have now moved to relief centers in schools and community halls, local officials said.

Experts from the Malaysian Meteorological Department have warned that the wet weather could continue until April.

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