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Goldbars swapped for painted lead bricks at bank LONDON: Gold bars held in a vault at aUkrainianbank havebeen swapped for lead bricks covered in golden paint, it has emerged. TheCentral Bank in the southern port city of Odessa was allegedly conned intobuying the fakebullion by a member of staff, who used it to conceal the theft of the real bars. The state’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has announcedan investiga- tion into the heist, which could involve up to 11kg of missing gold worth almost £270,000 (RM1.47 million). “The management of the central bank’s branch in Odessa asked us to investigate fraud by their employee,” Volodymyr Shablienko, head of the Odessa police’s press office, told Bloom- berg News. “We are conducting a forensic audit now.” A bank employee passed lead bars covered with golden paint to the storage unit, registering them as gold, Ukraine’s Vesti newspaper reported, adding that the suspect has fled to Crimea. The con prompted a decision by Ukraine’s national bank not to buy precious metals over the counter because of issues with authenticity. Criminal proceedings began on Dec 18, months after the scam reportedly took place between August and October. Odessa has seen outbursts of violence and rioting since the Ukrainian conflict started following the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych. – The Independent

K UALA LUMPUR: The flood situation in several states has reached a critical level as the number of people evacuated increased to 67,738 late last night. The states hit are Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Perlis

Telemong assemblymanDatukRozi Mamat said this year’s floods are worse than the floods in 1986. “Sungai Telemong overflowed at 2am. There was no time for the villagers to salvage their belongings,” he said. TheYayasanDiRajaSultanMizan (YDSM) allocated RM70,000 as flood relief contribution for 900 affected families inKualaNerus and Hulu Terengganu. Its executive secretary Mohd Azrul Ismail said the contribution consistsof basickitchenandpersonal supplies. “It’s not much, but we hope to reduce the burden of the flood victims,” he said yesterday. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said the government will ensure that the burden faced by flood victims will be lightened and that aid reached the victims. Najib said on Twitter that flood relief workers have been instructed to identify the best way to ensure that aid reached the flood victims. “I hope those parties able to initiate cooperation with the government agencies will together help lessen the burden of the flood victims,” he said. Meanwhile, the armed forces deployed its C-130 Hercules aircraft to send 50,000 litres of cleanwater to Kelantan. The aircraft was deployed after the main road linking Gerik to Jeli was cut off when a road section at Km63 of the JalanTimur-Barat, near Gerik, collapsed last night.

and Sabah. While the floods have claimed four lives in Kelantan since Dec 16, v i l l age r s i n Kua l a Be r ang , Terengganu, have described the severe floods which struck two villages in the Telemong state constituencyas theworst in 28years.

67,738 moved to

relief centres in six states

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Fire and Rescue

BURIEDALIVE ... Rescue personnel trying to locateworkers trapped under tonnes of rubble andwet concrete after the floor of an LRT terminal building under construction in Putra Heights collapsed yesterday afternoon. One body was recovered at 10.30pm.

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