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Emergency Relief: Thousands Affected By Flash Floods Across Malaysia
The second wave of flooding has caused even further damage across Malaysia albeit slightly less in comparison to the December flooding. The December flooding saw over 70,000 people displaced. At least 50 people lost their lives in what has been described as one of the worst floods in the country in recent years. On 4 Jan, rising waters forced 5,362 people in Johor alone to evacuate and take shelter in temporary relief centres.
The states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Sabah were impacted by floods, with as many as 8,727 victims moved to 128 relief centres nationwide. A total of 125,490 people have been displaced nationwide due to torrential rain in the past two weeks, according to the National Disaster Management Agency.
Three days of massive torrential rain over the weekend caused severe flooding in eight states, partially submerging towns and villages in water. The flooding has driven thousands from their homes, closed dozens of roads and disrupted shipping. Over 70,000 people are reported to have been displaced.
As of Sunday 26 December, 48 people have died due to the floods, while five are still missing. According to the Welfare Department’s Info, the central Pahang state remains the worst-hit, with 17,761 people from 5,469 families displaced, while Selangor came in second, with 16,512 individuals from 4628 families.In Kelantan, 633 flood victims are currently housed at several relief centres, while in Melaka and Negeri Sembilan, 29 and 141 people respectively are also sheltered in such centres.
Floodwaters in Selangor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka have made several roads impassable, with reports of people stranded overnight in their cars.
Heavy rains raised water levels in some parts of Selangor in what has been called the heaviest rainfall in the past 100 years. Water level in many areas rose above knee length. Tortoises, snakes and monitor lizards have also crept into flooded homes causing further panic for many residents.
MRA is focusing on delivering emergency aid to 6 states: Kelantan Pahang Terengganu, Selangor and KL.
Waqaf An-Nur has identified 450 families for immediate aid that includes:
– Food baskets
– Cash contributions
– House Cleaning
Different groups were dispatched by the Waqaf An-Nur team to help clean and assist families across Sepang, Kajang, Bukit Changgang, Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam, Sg Lui Hulu Langat, and Kota Kemuning.
The MRA team reached out to affected communities and provided emergency food aid to over 1990 people
from 425 families.
The breakdown is as follows:
Kg Lorong Abd Aziz, Shah Alam
Beneficiaries: 60 families
Estimated: 300 people
Kg. Jalan Kebun, Shah Alam
Beneficiaries: 158 families
Estimated: 790 people
Kg. Lombong, Shah Alam
Beneficiaries: 70 families
Estimated: 350 people