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26,000 Malaysians evacuated as floods worsen in eastern states

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Some 26,000 people have fled their homes after heavy rains and overflowing rivers flooded towns and villages in eastern Malaysia, authorities said Wednesday.

The floods have claimed at least 10 lives since last week in four Malaysian states that suffer extensive thunderstorms each year during the monsoon season from November to February, according to relief coordination centers in four Malaysian states.

The centers reported that 26,092 people were sheltering Wednesday in town halls, schools and community centers on high ground.

Some of them were rescued by police boats after the floods cut off roads and highways.

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