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Penang floods displace 2,000

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This handout photo from the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia shows a rescue worker helping an elderly woman cross a flooded street in Bukit Mertajam, Penang. AFP/Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Military forces were deployed yesterday to help thousands of displaced people in Malaysia’s northern state of Penang, officials said, as floodwater rose from more than 24 hours of incessant rain. At least 2,000 people had been evacuated and 80 percent of the state was hit by typhoon-like winds and heavy rain, chief minister Lim Guan Eng said. He said floodwater had risen to 3-4 metres. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the National Security Council was coordinating with police and the military to assist flood victims after a request for assistance from Penang.

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