Providing humanitarian aid to flood affected families
|Project Partners||• National Security Council (MKN) • Supported by the Department of Social Welfare and the District Health Department|
• Hygiene kit distributions • Hygiene education sessions
|Locations||15 evacuation centres in Batu Pahat|
|Period||7 November 2012|
A total of 500 hygiene kits were distributed
Due to Malaysia’s geographical location, most floods are the result of cyclical monsoons during the local tropical wet seasons. This is characterised by heavy and regular rainfall which typically starts in the fourth quarter of the year. Compounded by rapid development and inadequate drainage, flooding during this period is unavoidable. MERCY Malaysia deployed a team consisting of four volunteers and one staff member to respond to the flood. The team was based in Batu Pahat; they distributed hygiene kits at the evacuation centres and provided hygiene education sessions for the evacuees.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS
A total of 500 hygiene kits were distributed. There were sufficient medical teams from health district offices, so MERCY Malaysia focused on hygiene education and demonstrated how to use each item from the distributed hygiene kits. The remaining kits were handed over to Department of Social Welfare to be distributed to beneficiaries in other evacuation centres around Johor.