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Dozens die as Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines battered by heavy rains

Floods and mudslides force thousands to evacuate across southeast Asia

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Dozens die as Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines battered by heavy rains

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Authorities in the Philippines say flash floods and mudslides have killed more than 50 people in central and southern parts of the country.

Days of heavy rains have hit neighbouring southeast Asian countries, prompting the evacuation of more than 86,000 people. At least 15 people have been killed in southern Thailand.

In Malaysia, nearly a quarter of a million people had to leave their homes as a result of the worst flooding in a decade. The government has come under renewed criticism over its perceived slow response to the crisis.

The Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak came under particularly heavy fire for his absence as the disaster unfolded after being photographed playing golf with President Barack Obama in Hawaii.