Islamic Relief aid convoys have already reached families affected by Malaysia’s worst floods in decades.
The monsoon season regularly triggers flooding in Malaysia’s eastern states, but heavy rains have worsened the situation this year. As floodwaters swept coastal communities, the number of people evacuated had topped 160,000 by the weekend.
The flooding is said to be the worst experienced by Malaysia in 30 years, with people in eight states affected. The North Eastern belt states of peninsular Malaysia are the most badly-hit in the country. The Northern and Southern belts have also been affected.
Rescue and aid efforts have been hampered as landslides and floods have left roads inaccessible. Power and communication lines have been severed, and some communities are completely cut off by floodwater.
Islamic Relief aid convoys reach Rantau Panjang
Islamic Relief, which established its Malaysia office in 2005 and is registered with the country’s National Security Council, has responded swiftly to the unfolding disaster. In Kelantan – the worst affected state – our volunteers carried out a rapid assessment, enabling Islamic Relief to determine where our help is needed most.
Our emergency response is initially focusing on Rantau Panjang, a town near the border with Thailand, which at present has little support from NGOs.
Already, a convoy of three lorries has delivered essential aid items to the town.
A further ten lorries as well as four vehicles suitable for difficult terrain, required to reach cut-off families, are due to arrive tomorrow.
Islamic Relief Malaysia – which also delivers development programmes designed to improve the lives of vulnerable people – continues to monitor the situation and to mobilise aid and relief efforts.