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Natural disasters

As flood water rises, Malaysian leader faces storm of criticism

Ismail Sabri blasted for 'delayed' action after 3 die and 40,000 are displaced

Volunteers rescue stranded flood victims in Shah Alam, in Malaysia's state of Selangor, on Dec. 19.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's worst flash flooding on record has displaced tens of thousands of people, with continued rainfall expected to increase the number of evacuees and put pressure on the government as the country begins to tally up the costs.

As of Monday afternoon, three people had died and over 40,000 had been displaced across six states. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, and the wealthiest state of Selangor were among the badly hit. Some local observers speculated the economic losses would reach around $200 million, though official estimates had yet to crystallize.

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