Malaysia to spend $335 million for flood relief

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Malaysia to spend $335 million for flood relief
Malaysia to spend $335 million for flood relief   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">KUALA</span> <span class="caps">LUMPUR</span> – Malaysia will provide 1.4 billion ringgit ($334.93 million) in cash aid and other forms of relief for those devastated by severe floods this month, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Since Dec. 17, nearly 70,000 people have been displaced while at least 48 were killed, after unusually high rainfall caused severe flooding in eight Malaysian states.</p> <p>Ismail Sabri said in a statement that government relief measures would include direct cash aid for at least 30,000 affected households, death benefits, relief on utility bills and vehicle repairs.</p> <p>It will also include funds for post-flood cleaning and reconstruction, particularly in the worst-hit states of Selangor and Pahang.</p> <p>Malaysia typically has flooding on its eastern coasts that are exposed to the northeast monsoon between October and March.</p> <p>But authorities were caught off-guard https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/least-eight-dead-malaysia-floods-rescue-effort-stumbles-2021-12-20 by the floods in highly-populated urban areas in its western and central regions this month, prompting criticism of the government’s slow response.</p> <p>Malaysia’s national disaster management agency on Wednesday warned of more floods in coming days, issuing a continuous rainfall alert for five eastern states. </p> <p>($1 = 4.1800 ringgit)</p> <p/> </div>