IFRC Increase Relief Efforts for Malaysia Flood Victims

The IFRC said in a statement earlier today that more than 31,000 people in Malaysia are still in evacuation centres after being displaced by some of the worst flooding for 3 decades.

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MRCS distrubute relief supplies in the flood hit areas of Malaysia

The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) has been working with those affected by the floods since they first began in December. MRCS continues to support the distribution of hot meals and relief items, primarily in the state of Kelantan. Some 200 volunteers have been mobilized from the MRCS Kelantan Branch, and an additional 100 volunteers were deployed from the Pahang branch. Six rescue teams from MRCS National Headquarters are supporting the relief operations while four volunteers from the MRCS Water Purification team were despatched to Kerai in Kelantan.

Despite the flood situation improving, many of those affected have lost everything and are in dire need of essentials such as blankets, clean water and food items.

In response to the disaster, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has allocated 82,964 Swiss Francs (approximately USD 83,000) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) in providing 10,000 blankets for 5,000 families as part of the overall Red Crescent operation.

“Even with the flood waters receding and conditions improving, the IFRC is committed to supporting the Malaysian Red Crescent Society as required,” said Jagan Chapagain, Director of the IFRC Asia Pacific Zone Office in Kuala Lumpur. “While we focus on meeting the immediate humanitarian needs, the IFRC believes that longer-term recovery support will also be critical for those affected by the floods.”