Thousands Evacuated Amid Severe Floods in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Monsoon floods continued to affect two northeastern states of Malaysia on Tuesday, causing the closure of schools and forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
Malaysian Meteorological Department warned that rains and thunderstorms are expected to persist in Terengganu and Kelantan until Wednesday (Jan 4), with winds up to 50kmph, causing rough seas with 3.5m waves that could endanger small vessels.
In Terengganu, more than 3,500 people were evacuated by the authorities to 63 relief centres when overflowing rivers burst their banks due to the continuous rains, official said.
The state irrigation department said the water levels of seven rivers in Terengganu breached the danger point as of 2.30pm on Tuesday, while state education department director Shafruddin Ali Hussin said 24 schools in four districts remained closed due to the floods.
The floods also destroyed honey lemon crops in Kampung Lubok Periuk in the district of Kuala Berang, In neighbouring Kelantan, over 5,200 people were placed in 55 relief centres, with Kelantan Civil Defence Force director Zainuddin Hussin saying the floods were caused by water from swollen rivers that was flowing downstream.
The flood also caused more than 9,000 children in the state to miss school, as some 29 primary and secondary schools were forced to close due to the rising waters.

Source: Qatar News Agency