By Patrick Fuller, IFRC
Efforts to help flood-affected communities across three states of East Coast Peninsular Malaysia, received a significant boost when the Government of the Republic of Korea donated $100,000 US dollars to relief operations supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Thousands of Rohingya have fled to Malaysia
Refugees face threat of abduction and death
Penang police say no Rohingya murders there last year
By Aubrey Belford
BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Abul Kassim, a Rohingya asylum seeker, was snatched from his home in the northern Malaysian state of Penang on Jan. 12. The next morning, his beaten and bloodied body was found.
Since late December, ShelterBox response volunteers have been in Malaysia helping provide shelter for people who have lost their homes after some of the worst flooding seen in at least 50 years.
In the eastern state of Pahang, where more than 130,000 people had been evacuated, a team made up of volunteers Torstein Nielsen (NOR) and Ben Julian (UK) found that the effects of the flooding have reached further than the waters themselves.
Between mid-Dec and mid-Jan, heavy seasonal rains and strong winds affected large parts of Malaysia causing severe and extensive flooding in Terengganu, Pahang, and Kelantan. In addition to the three most affected states, four other states in Peninsular Malaysia (Perak, Johor,
Selangor and Perlis States) and one state in East Malaysia (Sabah) also experienced floods due to the heavy rainfalls.
Storm Mekkhala affected Region V, VII and VIII. The government has evacuated 114,591 people as pre-emptive measures. As of now, only 420 people are still served inside evacuation centre.
The incident also claimed for 2 deaths.
Nong Ruea District in Khon Kaen Province experienced drought. The government supplied clean water to help 500 families in the area.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
1. Summary of Disaster Event
As Malaysia battles the worst flooding in decades, UNHRD Partners including ASEAN, Shelterbox, JICA,
UNICEF and Qatar Charity have sent critical relief items and equipment to the hardest-hit area, Kelantan. The U.S. Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) has also provided tarpaulins and the airfreight of tents from UNHRD Dubai to UNHRD Kuala Lumpur. Following the request from the Government of Malaysia, UNHRD coordinated the rapid mobilization of emergency supplies from the depots in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai.
Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region
China (No new update)
From 9 to 15 December 2014, Guangdong Province reported 44 new cases of laboratory-confirmed and clinically diagnosed dengue, 42.1% fewer than the number of cases reported in the previous week (76 cases). As of 15 December, the province reported 45,171 laboratory-confirmed and clinical cases of dengue from 20 cities.
Malaysia - Severe Weather UPDATE (WMO, National Authorities, Malaysian Meteorological Department)
■Heavy rainfall continued in Borneo on 19 January, with 64mm measured in Kuching, state of Sarawak, in 24h.
■As of 20 January, national authorities report a rise in the number of evacuees in Sarawak state, reaching 6 952, due to the continuing floods.
■Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast for parts of Borneo, including parts of Sarawak, on 20 January and the Malaysian Meteorological Department has issued corresponding Orange Warnings
Beginning on 14 December 2014, a series of floods caused by the northeast monsoon has hit Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka in South Asia, where Malaysia is the country most severely hit. The monsoon rains has brought the most devastated floods in decades, a total of eight states in Malaysia affected and more than 200,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.
Mozambique - Flood
In Mozambique 52 692 people have been affected and 22 332 people have been reported displaced. The National Authorities have opened 14 accommodation centres in Nampula and Zambezia. The numbers are expected to rise as the rain continues. 4 831 houses have been totally destroyed and 24 people are reported dead.
Mozambique's main north-south highway is impassable in two places in Zambezia province, where bridges have collapsed making overland transport impossible. There are urgent needs related to logistics.
Flood occurred in Tebing Tinggi and Langkat, North Sumatra Province and affected more than 7,800 families. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/794) In Pidie, flood inundated 4,000 houses and 10,000 ha of agriculture areas and fish ponds. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/793)
By Ika Koeck, IFRC
In the wake of what is considered the worst flooding in Malaysia in over 30 years, the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) has received an overwhelmingly positive response and support from members of the public and over 40 companies in Malaysia. Along with the contributions from the Red Cross Society of China (USD 100,000) and Singapore Red Cross (USD 170,000), the MRCS was able to raise a total of RM 3.2 million in cash so far (approx. USD 900,000).
On Thursday, January 1st, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods worth 19 million yen (water purifiers, generators, etc.) to Malaysia, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of Malaysia, following serious damage caused by the floods in the country. The Government of Japan decided to provide additional emergency relief goods worth 10 million yen (tents, etc) in response to the additional request from the Government of Malaysia.
1/15/2015 - 05:02 GMT
Nine Myanmar nationals have been charged with murder in Malaysia over the gruesome killings of six of their countrymen that are suspected to be revenge attacks related to ethnic strife back home, a media report said Thursday.
The men, ranging in age from 20 to 44, were charged in the northern state of Penang on Wednesday, but did not enter pleas, The Star reported. They face the death penalty if convicted.
On January 14th, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dili, the Secretary of State for ASEAN Affairs, Roberto Soares, formally handed the total of one million and five hundred thousand dollars to authorities of Malaysia and Thailand to assist these governments in facing the damages caused by tropical storm Jangmi, that recently hit the region and these two countries in particular.
As Malaysia battles the worst flooding in decades, UNHRD Partners including ASEAN, Shelterbox, JICA, UNICEF and Qatar Charity have sent critical relief items and equipment to the hardest-hit area, Kelantan. The U.S. Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) has also provided tarpaulins and the airfreight of tents from UNHRD Dubai to UNHRD Kuala Lumpur. Following the request from the Government of Malaysia, UNHRD coordinated the rapid mobilization of emergency supplies from the depots in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai.
As Malaysia battles the worst flooding in decades, UNHRD Partners including ASEAN, Shelterbox, JICA, UNICEF have sent 108 MT (worth around US$800,000) of critical supplies to the hardest-hit area, Kelantan, from the depot in Kuala Lumpur.
In addition, Qatar Charity has donated tents (worth over US$100,000) to the Malaysian Government for their response efforts, which were flown from the UNHRD depot in Dubai. The air transport was generously donated by the Office of U.S Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), who also contributed 1,000 tarpaulins (worth $365,000) to the response.
1. Summary of Disaster Event
The government of Malaysia has started the recovery works. The government speeds up the works so that the communities can back soon to their normal lives. Roads and bridges are being restored and cleaned. Temporary houses are being constructed. Livelihood, health, education and socio-economic component are in the priority to be restored.