Thousands flee floods

Thousands homeless ... more rains to come.
Thousands homeless ... more rains to come.

Floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains in Malaysia forced about 14,000 people to flee their homes and seek shelter at relief centres, the official Bernama news agency said.

Heavy rain coinciding with a high-tide flooded hundreds of homes in three north-eastern states - Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan.

The flood situation was deteriorating, the agency said, as the number of evacuees rose and main roads closed after rivers burst their banks. More rain is forecast.

Part of the $104 million Paya Peda irrigation dam wall under construction in Terengganu had to be breached to release pressure.

Agence France-Presse

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