Thousands of people evacuated after floods in Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia

More than 5,000 people have been displaced from their homes after days of flooding in East Malaysia.

The National Disaster Management Agency of Malaysia (NADMA) reported flooding in parts of the state of Sabah beginning May 17, 2021. Areas in the neighboring state of Sarawak have been flooded since May 20.

In Sabah, as of May 22, 2021, 4,221 people were displaced in Tenom County and 574 people in Beaufort County. NADMA reported that 42 evacuation centers have been set up to accommodate the displaced.

Meanwhile, in Sarawak state, 426 people have left their homes after flooding in Limbang County as of early May 22. Authorities established 11 evacuation centers to accommodate the displaced.

In Lavas in Limbang District, nearly 200 mm of rain fell in the 48 hours before May 20. Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state, received 140.2 mm of rain in the 24 hours through May 19, 2021, and another 132.6 mm in the next 24 hours.

The water level in the Padas River in Beaufort is well above the danger mark (8.7 meters) and stands at 9.56 meters as of May 22.

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