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Flash flood in Kelantan, Malaysia kills 5; toll 10

The worst flooding in Malaysia in more than a decade has claimed lives of at least 10 people including five in the worst-hit state of Kelantan.

The flood situation in Kelantan is still critical with 111,376 victims at the relief centres this afternoon, Bernama, The National News Agency of Malaysia reported.

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak visited the flooded areas in Pahang. Similarly, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is scheduled to visit Terengganu tomorrow morning.

Prime Minister Najib Razak has also made the announcement of an extra 500m ringgit ($142m) to help flood victims in Malaysia. He has faced public anger after being photographed golfing with U.S. President Obama in Hawaii during the storms. Mr Razak cut short his holiday, and defended his "golf diplomacy" with the US leader, saying that it was difficult to decline the invitation as it had been planned for a while, BBC has reported.

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Malaysia has been experiencing the biggest number of flood evacuees in the nation's history. The people in Pahang have been told to be prepared to face the third wave of floods expected to strike from Monday until Wednesday, The Star has reported quoting Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad.


According to the Aljazeera, more storms are expected in Malaysia in the next three days. Meanwhile, Thailand and Sri Lankan authorities have also warned their people to brace for more floods.

Original post: Natural Disasters List December 28, 2014

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