At least 14 killed in the worst floods in decades devastating now Malaysia

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At least 14 people have died as a result of the floods in Malaysia, the worst in decades, after torrential rain battered the country over the weekend. No early warning of the torrential rain was given. It is believed at least 14 people have died. With reports of people still missing, the death toll is expected to increase. Tens of thousands have been evacuated from their homes. Evacuees are being housed in government relief centers but officials have warned to expect a rise in coronavirus cases. The Malaysian military uses boats to distribute food to people trapped in their homes. They also are running search and rescue operations. Selangor, the country’s wealthiest and most densely populated state, encircling the capital Kuala Lumpur, is one of the worst-hit areas.

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Thousands of emergency service and military personnel have been mobilised, but critics say it is not enough. Opposition MP Fuziah Salleh described the official response as “hopeless” and “incompetent”.The Meteorological Department predicted more heavy rainfall and storms in the coming days, which could lead to more flooding. Malaysia lies in a geologically stable region which is free from earthquakes, volcanic activities, and strong winds. But the Southeast Asian nation is hit by floods annually during the monsoon season which account for a significant number of casualties, disease epidemics, property and crop damage. Historically, there have been big flood events in 1886, 1926, 1931, 1947, 1954, 1957, 1965, 1967, 1970/1971, 1988, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2006/2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Climate change increases the risk and intensity of flooding from extreme rainfall.