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Tens of Thousands Displaced by Floods in Malaysia And Indonesia


Floods in Malaysia and Indonesia have killed at least 19 people and have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

Dozens of people remain missing on Indonesia's northern island of Sumatra. Some 70,000 people have moved to higher ground and 12 people have died.

In Malaysia, more than 90,000 people have been displaced and seven were killed in the worst floods to hit the country in decades.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi visited the worst-hit southern state of Johor Saturday to meet flood victims and inspect damage.

Local media said there are reports of food shortages and looting in Johor.

Malaysian weather forecasters predict the rain will continue until Sunday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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