Malaysia registered a total of 27 deaths during the massive flood on Saturday (18 December) – the highest death toll since the major floods in 2014.
Bernama reported that 20 of the fatalities were found in Selangor and the other seven in Pahang.
Selangor Police Chief Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed revealed that 20 individuals have died in the floods within the state as of Tuesday (21 December) afternoon.
Bodies of the flood victims were found in Seksyen 25 Taman Sri Muda in Shah Alam as well as in Kajang, Sungai Buloh and Kajang.
The worst hit area in Selangor was Seksyen 25 Taman Sri Muda, where search and rescue teams recovered nine bodies.
Norazam Khamis, Director of Selangor Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), shared that six of the bodies – comprising five women and a man – were recovered in several houses, while three more were found around Taman Sri Muda.
“The first victim, a man, was found at 6 pm on Saturday while two other male victims were found the following day at noon and 2 pm, and five were found yesterday between noon and 8.35 pm involving four women and a man,” he told Bernama.
The body of another woman, who is believed to have drowned, was found in a single-storey home at 6.20pm, said Norazam.
Three drowning victims were also found within the town – at the traffic lights junction of Kemuning Utama, Seksyen 33; under the Elite Expressway in front of MSU Seksyen 13 and at the Jalan Utama entry into Alam Idaman.
In Pahang, the five flood fatalities were found in Bentong and two in Kuantan.
The cases in Bentong involved water surge incidents in two areas – in Telemong where four bodies were found and one person is reported missing and at a resort where one body was recovered and two people are missing.
In 2014, massive floods hit five states – Pahang, Kelantan, Perak, Johor and Terengganu – resulting to 21 deaths in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang and 10 missing persons.
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