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37 flood deaths, 10 missing person reports so far

Five deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, including a child.

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A total of 37 deaths and 10 missing person reports were recorded at flood areas throughout Malaysia as of last night, said Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

Five deaths were reported in the past 24 hours comprising four adults and one child while two victims are still missing.

Acryl said 68,341 flood victims from 18,080 families were recorded at 396 relief centres (PPS) in seven states with Pahang being the most affected state at the moment.

The six other states are Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Kelantan and Negeri Sembilan.

Acryl said 137 roads were still closed due to floods in four states with 120 locations in Pahang, two locations in Negeri Sembilan, three locations in Kelantan and 12 locations in Selangor.

According to the Department of Irrigation and Drainage, as at 2.30am, 23 locations at rivers were categorised at danger and warning levels.

“The danger level involves 13 locations with nine rivers in Pahang, one each in Selangor and Johor and two in Kelantan,” he said at his daily media conference on Ops Banjir in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam, today.

The rivers with warning levels meanwhile comprise one each in Selangor and Johor and two each in Pahang, Kelantan, Melaka and Sarawak.

On deaths reported in flood-hit areas, Acryl said the police are awaiting the post-mortem results on the cause of death.

When asked about the discrepancy in total deaths between the authorities and state government, he said all deaths must be reported to the police in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Act.

“Each death reported to the police will be recorded as a statistic received… and a paper will be opened for each death called the sudden death report,” he said.

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