Southeast Asia Flooding – Information gathered from Aljazeera that severe flooding has killed 18 people and left at least 180,000 displaced in Malaysia and neighbouring Thailand.
In Malaysia, rescue teams on Saturday were struggling to reach inundated areas in the northeast as victims accused the government of being slow to provide aid and assistance after the country’s worst flooding in decades.
Malaysians have vented their anger at Prime Minister Najib Razak after the release of photos which went viral on social media showing him playing golf with US President Barack Obama during the storms.
The massive flooding, caused by torrential northeast monsoon rains, has so far left five people dead.
The number of people forced to flee their homes climbed past 120,000 with weather forecasters warning of no respite for the northeastern states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.
The under-fire-Najib meanwhile, arrived in Kelantan after cutting short his holiday in Hawaii to lead the national flood response after cutting short his vacation in Hawaii and was expected to
meet flood victims..
The government has allocated about $14m to manage relief centres. Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin admitted rescuers were facing challenges with power outages and roads being washed away by the floods.