Torrential rains since 20th January 2017 due to heavy monsoon rains have affected thousands of people in urban and rural areas across seven states in Malaysia. More than 15,000 people located in flood-prone areas, severely affected by rising water levels, had been sheltering in evacuation centres, with a much higher number of people stranded in villages. Majority of people affected in rural communities were cut off from assistance due to obstruction of transportation networks and flash floods.
MERCY Malaysia’s “Emergency East Coast Flood Repsonse” covering four states Kelantan, Johor, Terrenganu and Sabah provided people affected by the floods with basic necessity relief items, such as hygiene kits and food baskets. These items are distributed to people in evacutaion centres or stranded in villages, as they are at risk to communicable diseases within the state of disaster. Apart from food assistance, the project also includes medical activities, such as mobile clinics and psychosocial assistance, based on the needs identified in the assessments conducted.