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Jamaican students in Malaysia not affected by extreme flooding

Published:Sunday | December 28, 2014 | 6:22 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

A delegation of four students and two staff from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona in a flood-ravaged Malaysia is reporting that they are unaffected.

The university students are participating in the 35th World University Debating Championship, which runs from December 27 until January 4.

But the Asian country has been experiencing its worst flooding in decades, with many towns in the eastern section of the country being submerged. According to the BBC, at least five people have been killed in the floods along Malaysia's east coast, with over 160,000 displaced.

Manager of the delegation from Jamaica, Roger Bent, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this afternoon that the team, based in the capital Kuala Lumpur, has not been affected by the flooding.

He says they have been told that the threat of flooding where the team is located is low even as it is raining constantly.

Bent added that the Universiti Teknologiki Mara, which is hosting the debating competition, has implemented all emergency protocols and is providing constant updates.

The UWI Mona has consistently performed well at the annual debating and public speaking championships that attracts many of the world's leading universities.

Bent along with television host and former Miss Jamaica Festival Queen, Krystal Tomlinson, are recent international winners of the public speaking section of the championships, while the UWI Mona debating teams generally earn top placings.

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