WORLD Death toll from floods in Malaysia rises to 33


Death toll from floods in Malaysia rises to 33


23:16, December 22, 2021

Residents wade through a flooded road in Shah Alam, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. (Photo: AP)

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the massive floods in Malaysia has risen to 33 as of Wednesday, authorities said.

Selangor police chief Arjunaidi Mohamed said the death toll in the state has risen to 24, while another nine were confirmed dead in Pahang state, according to state news agency Bernama.

A number of the victims had been found in houses, while others were discovered as the floodwaters began receding.

The number of displaced persons due to flooding in Malaysia has dropped to some 62,372 in six states plus the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur as of 10:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, according to data from the Malaysian social welfare department.

The worst-hit state remains Pahang along the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia, with over 37,000 people being evacuated to flood relief centers, followed by Selangor state with over 22,000 evacuated.

The country's meteorological department has warned of more rain in the Peninsula Malaysia, with rain and storms expected in several states on Thursday.

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