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At least 14 people have been killed and tens of thousands left homeless following one of the worst floods to hit Malaysia in decades.

Three days of heavy rain over the weekend caused severe flooding in eight provinces, drowning towns and villages slightly in the water.

The government has been widely criticized for delaying its response.

More people are reported missing, and fears are mounting that the death toll will rise sharply.

As of Monday, an estimated 51,000 people have been evicted from their homes. Most of them were from Pahang on the east coast of Malaysia, one of the worst-hit provinces.

Selangor, a thriving and populous province where the capital Kuala Lumpur is located, was also heavily affected.

Pictures circulating on the internet show parts of the city of Kuala Lumpur submerged over the weekend, in water that has not been seen since the floods of 1971. gather in temporary houses.

The rains had subsided on Monday, with some residents returning to their damaged homes as the water receded.

“We are left with only our clothes and important documents such as our children’s birth certificates,” said flood victim Sazuatu Remly. “That’s all we came up with.”

Public outrage was also expressed in the way the Malaysian government handled the disaster, with many complaining that the authorities were too small for warning and that rescue efforts were slow.

“What annoyed me was the slow reaction. The security forces arrived in the morning, three days after the [flood] floods and now they are loading nuts and bolts into their boats while people are dying in the area,” the resident said. a rescuer told the South China Morning Post