More than 48,000 people from six Malaysian states have been sheltering in some 400 relief centres on Friday. These people were there to escape the rising floodwaters as monsoon rain continued to come down. The number of evacuees have more than doubled from 20,575 people reported on Wednesday morning.
Malaysia’s flood crisis, which is into its third month, has sent vegetable prices soaring. Federation of Malaysian Vegetable Farmers Association president Lim Ser Kwee said the prices of vegetables have gone up as the bad weather has affected output. “There has been no sun for one week, and rain for three to four days. So the vegetables can’t grow,” Mr Lim told The Straits Times.
Bernard Teh, manager of Yong Kah vegetable farm in Simpang Renggam, Johor, which exports 60 to 70 per cent of its produce to Singapore, said the delivery of vegetables to the city state was affected as some roads are closed due to the floods. Non-stop heavy rain over the last 72 hours have also caused his crops to die, with production over the last one to two weeks dropping by more than 50 per cent.
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