17 believed drowned in Selangor floods

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The bodies of 17 flood victims have so far been found in Selangor, menteri besar Amirudin Shari said this evening.

However, he said it was too early to state if all 17 had drowned. The state government is awaiting police confirmation on this.

It was earlier reported that Klang had the most deaths in the state at 10. Four other bodies were found in Sepang and three in the Hulu Langat area.

Amirudin said 30,632 people from 4,672 families had been placed in 203 temporary relief centres in the state.

More families might need shelter and aid as water levels remain high in Kuala Selangor and Kuala Langat, including Sepang, he added.

Post-flood recovery initiatives

Amirudin announced a list of post-flood recovery initiatives involving at least 2,817 personnel from 28 agencies, including for mitigation work in high-risk areas.

The process will be overseen by seven state executive council members each assigned their own duties.

“This is to ensure each locality that needs help will receive adequate assistance because this tragedy does not only focus on one locality but almost across the state,” he added.

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To provide the assistance, Amirudin also announced that RM100 million will be channelled through the ‘Selangor Bangkit’ initiative, comprising RM10,000 for each victim who died in the flood, and RM1,000 for each affected family.

For cleaning-up work, he said KDEB Waste will be deploying trash compactors, excavators, and trucks from local councils not affected by the flood for urgent waste collection.