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of 16 January 2007):
Eighteen people have died so far in the floods, including 15 in Johor in the first wave of the crisis, which hit in December.
Death toll from Malaysia's floods rises to 12
of December 30, 2006
Rescuers transport civilians through waters in the flooded village of Lenga in the southern Malaysian state of Johor.
KUALA LUMPUR : The death toll from Malaysia's disastrous floods has risen to 12, but authorities said that fears of another round of flooding had been averted as storm clouds shifted direction.
The latest victim is a five-year-old girl whose body was found late Friday, the official Bernama news agency said.
She was swept away when the car her family was travelling in was caught by strong currents.
Her father survived, but her mother and three-year-old sister also died.
Malaysia's opposition has called for an inquiry into the floods, the worst in decades, which have forced more than 60,000 people in southern Johor state to flee their homes and take shelter in relief centres.
However, Johor chief minister Abdul Ghani Othman said he was confident the situation in the state would be back to normal within the next few days.
Abdul Ghani told Bernama that the second wave of rains predicted by forecasters would not take place as the rain-bearing clouds had been blown towards Singapore and Sabah state on Borneo island. - AFP/ch
Malaysian floods worst in century
of December 20, 2006
Johor's main city is a popular destination for day-trippers from neighbouring Singapore [GALLO/GETTY]
The heaviest rainfall in 100 years has forced 26,000 people to evacuate their homes in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor.
Thirty-five centimetres of rain in less than 24 hours caused nine landslides, burst riverbanks, blocked major roads and disrupted trains to neighbouring Singapore, officials said.
Johor's rainfall was usually about 240 centimeters annually, Abdul Ghani Othman, the state's chief minister told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday.
Town halls, schools and community centres have been opened as temporary accomodation centres for the evacuees.
Several federal and state roads have been closed to light vehicles and may be entirely cut off if the situation worsens, officials said.
Parts of neighbouring Melaka state were also hit by flooding with dozens of families evacuated from their homes.
"We have enough manpower, equipment and emergency funding for this purpose," Othman told the daily New Straits Times newspaper.
"There will also be enough food supplies for flood victims."
Reports said teams of police, firefighters and volunteers had been dispatched to search for victims who may be trapped in their homes.
Central Selangor state which surrounds the main city of Kuala Lumpur could also be affected if the poor weather persists, according to the meteorological department.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department has forecast moderate to heavy rain will to continue until Friday.
Peninusla Malaysia’s monsoon season is between November and March.