By Rozanna Latiff and Liz Lee, KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Torrential rains in Malaysia have induced flooding that has pushed greater than 11,000 folks from their houses, closed dozens of roads and disrupted transport, authorities mentioned on Saturday.

Greater than 66,000 personnel from the police, military and hearth division have been mobilized nationwide to assist rescue folks stranded by flood waters and take them to shelters, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob instructed a information convention late on Saturday.

Floods in Malaysia are frequent throughout the annual monsoon season between October and March, significantly on the nation’s jap coast. However the downpour that began on Friday morning and continued into Saturday hit worst within the western state of Selangor – Malaysia’s wealthiest and most populous area surrounding the capital Kuala Lumpur.

“It’s a bit chaotic in Selangor proper now… in different states, preparations can be made earlier for the monsoon. However in Selangor, this occurred nearly all of a sudden,” Ismail Sabri mentioned, including that almost 4,000 folks within the state had been evacuated from their houses.

Authorities at Port Klang, the nation’s largest harbor, mentioned transport operations had been severely disrupted by the floods. Dozens of highways and roads had been additionally closed.

Movies posted on social media confirmed overflowing rivers, landslides, and automobiles submerged on deserted streets.

Ashraf Noor Azam, a 26-year-old resident from the Selangor district of Shah Alam, mentioned he had not anticipated the scenario to be so critical and had been compelled to depart his automotive on the aspect of a freeway.

“After 4 hours stranded with out assist, and the flood isn’t getting higher, we determined to stroll within the flood,” he mentioned in a tweet with a video exhibiting three folks strolling.

Eight of the nation’s 16 states and federal territories noticed water ranges rising to harmful ranges on Saturday, based on a authorities web site monitoring flood developments.

The Meteorological Division warned that heavy rain in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and several other states would proceed till Sunday.

Reporting by Rozanna Latiff and Liz Lee Further reporting by Nur-Azna Sanusi Modifying by David Holmes and Frances Kerry

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