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The number of flood evacuees in Malaysia has risen to 64K, with eight deaths reported.

According to authorities in Selangor state, eight people have died as a result of heavy floods in Malaysia as of Monday.

According to state news agency Bernama, Selangor police chief Arjunaidi Mohamed said floods devastated numerous locations in the state, claiming eight deaths thus far.

According to data from the Malaysian social welfare department, the number of people affected by flooding in Malaysia has climbed to over 64,000 in seven states including the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur as of 10:00 p.m. local time Monday.

Pahang, which is located on Peninsula Malaysia’s east coast, has had over 34,000 people evacuated to flood relief camps, followed by Selangor, which has had over 24,000 people evacuated.

The flood situation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, has improved in part because of the SMART Tunnel, a flood mitigation facility, according to the corporation that manages the tunnel.

The tunnel, which is designed to capture floodwater before pumping it out through a drainage network, was turned on around 8:00 p.m. Sunday, with 4.9 million square meters of floodwater being redirected from the capital, according to the statement.

More rain is forecast throughout Peninsula Malaysia, according to the country’s meteorological authority, with rain expected in many states on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in a statement that more resources, including manpower and equipment, are being dispatched to assist with the evacuation and flood relief efforts.

He also attempted to soothe the public, since many people remain trapped in areas of the country that are still inundated.

“I entirely appreciate the public’s worry over the safety of individuals stuck by floodwaters,” he added. “As I have previously stated, rescue efforts are being stepped up and rescue operations are ongoing.”

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