14,000 flee Malaysia floods, Paya Peda dam wall broken
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains in Malaysia forced almost 14,000 people to flee their homes and seek shelter at relief centres, the official Bernama news agency said on Wednesday.
Rain showers which coincided with high tide flooded hundreds of homes in three northeastern states - Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan - with some 13,746 people being housed at evacuation centres, it said amid forecasts of more rain.
Bernama said the flood situation was deteriorating as the number of evacuees continued to rise and some major roads in Pahang were closed as rivers burst their banks.
Mr Muhammad Helmi Abdullah, the meteorological department's weather forecast director, warned that there could be more rain in Terengganu, Pahang and southern Johor state in the next few days.