Thousands Still Stranded In Malaysia Floods

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Thousands still stranded in Malaysia floods

RANTAU PANJANG, Malaysia, Jan 5 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 05th Jan, 2017 ) - Thousands of people remained stranded in relief centres Thursday as northeast Malaysia struggled to recover from severe flooding and residents raised fears of looting.

But the number of people displaced in the states of Kelantan and Terengganu fell to about 18,300 from almost 23,000 Wednesday.

Seasonal flooding hits Malaysia's east coast states every year and regularly results in mass evacuations.

In badly hit Rantau Panjang, a Kelantan town bordering Thailand, more than 300 residents sought shelter at a crowded relief centre. Evacuees said food was sufficient but there were hygiene concerns. Dustbins were overflowing with garbage while families with young children were squeezed into small classrooms.