Flooding in five Malaysian east coast states has worsened. These states include Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Perak, and eastern Johor. These states are lashed by strong currents and winds along with heavy rains during the monsoon season.
More than 29,000 people are looking for shelter in flood relief centres. At least 4 flood-related deaths have been reported in the annual monsoon season.
Based on daily updates released by the National Disaster Command Centre on Wednesday, Pahang state was the worst hit, with over 21,000 victims forced to be evacuated to 241 relief centres.
The number of people evacuated in Kelantan and Terengganu is also rapidly increasing.
Two days of heavy downpour across the state of Johor has displaced more than 7,000 people. Johor’s rivers also swelled, with three river monitoring stations recording dangerous water levels, while six more recorded alert levels. Most parts of the town centres are inundated with water up to two-metres-deep and impassable to all vehicles. More than 1,854 families have been evacuated from their their homes and placed in various centres scattered across the state.
The numbers are only increasing and the people on the ground need all the help and support that they can get. This year’s floods come against the backdrop of a worsening coronavirus outbreak, with some fearful they could be exposed to COVID-19 in crowded relief centres.
The Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement. And whoever helps ease a difficulty in the world, Allah will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter. And whoever covers (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will cover (his faults) for him in the world and the Hereafter. And Allah is engaged in helping the worshipper as long as the worshipper is engaged in helping his brother.” [Tirmidhi]
Picture Credits: New Straits Times, Bernama
GlobalSadaqah’s Charity Partners will be providing the following aid items to the affected families on the ground:
– Food Packs: This includes 1 packet of rice (10 kg), 2 packets of wheat (1 kg), bihun, cooking oil, sardine, sugar, salt and tea
– Dry food: This includes biscuits, dry fruits, packed drinks or energy drinks, and ready to eat items
– Non food items: This includes blankets, sanitary pads, diapers, and praying clothes
– Milk for babies
– Hygiene kits: This includes tooth paste, tooth brush, combs, detergents, soap, mask
– Cooking stove and utensils
– Cleaning utensils.
Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA) is a humanitarian organisation registered under the Trustee Act 1952 (PPAB 20/2010), with the primary objective of assisting those affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts, both local and abroad. As a non-profit organisation, all activities are sponsored and supported by concerned individuals and corporations.
Waqaf An-Nur is a Malaysian company limited by guarantee that was established in 2000 to manage the assets (shares) endowed (via waqf) by Johor Corporation (JCorp). Waqaf An-Nur is recognised as a Nazir Khas (special administrator) by Johor State Islamic Religious Council (MAINJ) to receive, manage and administer Islamic endowments.
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