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Tuesday December 20, 2005

Flood fury

FLOODS in the northern Malaysian states have worsened, causing extensive damage to padi land and property and forcing more than 20,000 people to flee their homes. 

The waters caused havoc and disrupted all forms of transport in Perlis and Kedah. An estimated two-thirds of Perlis is in water, and power supply to Kangar has been cut off since 8.30pm on Sunday. 

Passenger and cargo train services north of Alor Star have been disrupted because of damage to the tracks. 

The Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Alor Star has been closed until further notice.  

The death toll rose to six when the floods claimed three more lives in Terengganu, Perlis and Kelantan. 

The situation in Terengganu and Kelantan improved slightly.  

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who toured the four flood-hit states yesterday, promised federal aid to the victims to ease their burden. 

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Two drown in east coast
12,000 padi farmers may lose RM66m to the floods
Train services disrupted by damaged rail tracks
RM300,000 for Kelantan flood victims
Rains caused by low pressure system

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