Malaysia hit by floods after heavy rain, 1,000 residents evacuated

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About 1,000 people in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor have been placed in temporary evacuation centres after flooding caused by two days of heavy rain.

Based on the reports I’ve received, rain will continue for the next one to two days. (Therefore) I advise those affected to think of the safety of their families,” said Johor Menteri Besar Ir Hasni Mohammad, leader of the majority party or largest coalition party of the Johor State Legislative Assembly, after visiting a relief centre on Saturday.

“I know they would want to protect their valuables and property but what is most important is their safety and lives.”

His comments came after reports that some residents were unwilling to heed instructions by the authorities to evacuate until the flood situation worsened.

Neighbouring Singapore has also been experiencing heavy rain over two days, with temperatures dropping to a low of 21.1°C on Saturday.

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