Malaysia

More than 4,000 evacuated in flood-hit Malaysian state

Kuala Lumpur_(dpa) _ More than 4,000 people have forced from their homes by rising floodwaters in Malaysia's eastern state of Sarawak on Borneo island, a news report said Friday.

A total of 4,370 people from 26 areas have been placed at 27 temporary relief centres statewide since the evacuations started this week, the Star newspaper said on its website.

Heavy rainfall in the past few weeks has caused the levels of the state's many rivers to swell and flood residential towns.

During each rainy season, hundreds of thousands of people are forced to evacuate their homes, sometimes for weeks at a time, because of massive floods that hit the country's coastal towns. dpa jy jh ls

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