Malaysian PM catches E.coli after flood visits

2015-01-05 14:15
Flood victims greet Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as he arrives at an evacuation centre in Pasir Mas, on the outskirts of Kota Bharu. (Mohd Rasfan, AFP)

Flood victims greet Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as he arrives at an evacuation centre in Pasir Mas, on the outskirts of Kota Bharu. (Mohd Rasfan, AFP)

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Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was diagnosed with an E.coli infection after his visit to flood-hit areas in the country, his office said on Monday.

"I will continue to monitor the relief operations from home," Najib tweeted after his office said doctors advised him to take a few days' rest.

Eighteen people died in the worst flooding to hit the country in decades, and more than 250 000 were displaced, the National Security Council said.

Most of the displaced have returned to their houses, and Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin appealed for more volunteers to help the victims.

"The recent flood has caused damage estimated in billions of ringgit," he said as he sent off 500 volunteers to help flood-hit communities. A billion ringgit is worth around $282m.

Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan said the government had already disbursed 800 million ringgit in aid.

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