A state of national disaster has been declared in Malaysia, where severe flooding has forced 115,000 people to flee from their homes.
A state of national disaster has been declared in Malaysia, where severe flooding has forced 115,000 people to flee from their homes. The known death toll so far stands at 32.
Kuala Lumpur was ravaged by its worst floods in living memory. Two rivers in the capital burst their banks, cutting the city's road links with the rest of the country.
On Tuesday (January 5), the capital's last remaining road link was severed. Government offices and businesses came to a standstill as orange floodwaters swirled through the city centre. At least 3 people died in the city and about 5,000 were made homeless.
The floods, which followed torrential monsoon rains, caused most damage to areas east of Kuala Lumpur. In the state of Phahang, where about 50,000 people were reported desperately short of food, British and Malaysian helicopters are flying in emergency supplies of rice and other supplies.