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Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It's known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers such as the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers. ― Google

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Dialing code: +60

Currency: Malaysian ringgit

Population: 32.37 million (2020) World Bank

Prime minister: Ismail Sabri Yaakob

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Floods in Peninsular Malaysia have worsened over the last 24 hours, with almost 30,000 people being evacuated to safety. The states of Johor, Pahang, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan have been the most affected. According to disaster authorities, 26,000 people have been evacuated in the state of Johor alone, where flooding began on 28 February.

Several districts in Johor, including Batu Pahat, Johor Bahru, Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Kulai, Mersing, Muar, Pontian, Segamat and Tangkak, have set up evacuation centres to provide temporary shelter to those affected. Local media has reported that one person has died in the floods after their vehicle was swept away by floodwaters.

The situation in Pahang state has also deteriorated significantly, with over 1,500 people being displaced across the districts of Jerantut, Maran, Pekan, Raub and Rompin. These districts recorded 418 mm of rain in just 24 hours on 01 March.

The heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding in the affected areas, with some districts experiencing more than 400 mm of rain in 24 hours. The districts of Segamat, Mersing and Muar have been the worst affected.

In addition to Johor and Pahang, some people have also been evacuated from the states of Malacca and Negeri Sembilan. Around 50 people have been evacuated in Alor Gajah and Jasin in Malacca, while over 900 people have been displaced in Negeri Sembilan in the districts of Jempol, Kuala Pilah and Tampin.

The Malaysian authorities are closely monitoring the situation and have urged people living in flood-prone areas to take necessary precautions and follow the instructions of the disaster management authorities.

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