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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Oct. 17

KUALA LUMPUR -- The East Coast Rail Link, Malaysia's mega rail project jointly constructed with China Communications Construction Company, saw another successful tunnel breakthrough on Monday.

The 2.8-km long Kuantan Tunnel has achieved a tunneling breakthrough two months ahead of schedule. (Malaysia-Railway)

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PHNOM PENH -- The value of imports and exports passing through the Chinese-invested Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SSEZ) in Cambodia rose to 1.9 billion U.S. dollars in the first nine months of 2022, up 21 percent from 1.57 billion dollars over the same period last year, said an operator's report on Monday.

Situated in the southwestern coastal province of Preah Sihanouk, the SSEZ is the country's largest industrial zone in terms of size and occupancy. (Cambodia-SSEZ-China)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Monday that some 200,000 vehicles had traveled on the kingdom's first-ever expressway since it was open to the public for trial use for free on Oct. 1.

Invested by the China Road and Bridge Corporation, the 2-billion-U.S.-dollar Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway connects the capital Phnom Penh and the deep-sea port province of Preah Sihanouk. (Cambodia-Expressway)

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SYDNEY -- Thousands of homes may be inundated, and tens of thousands of homes may be either inundated or isolated as flood continues to wreak havoc in Australia's state of Victoria.

According to the latest update of incidents and warnings from Victoria's emergency department, there are over 50 warnings across the state including more than 10 evacuation orders that are mainly for the northern part of Victoria. (Australia-Flood)