Tzu Chi’s Relief distribution after devastating floods in Malaysia

Report
from Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
Published on 16 Jan 2017

In Malaysia, on December 31st 2016, heavy rains caused serious floods that hit Kelantan and Terengganu and affected over 10,000 residents. Looking down from inside a plane, parts of Terenganu were completely flooded. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes in the early morning to seek out temporary shelters. The affected residents were evacuated to higher ground.

After the floodwaters subsided, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Malaysia immediately set off for the disaster areas to begin aid distributions. Volunteers were there to deliver care in a timely manner, which eased the worries and comforts the hearts of the residents.

"We used a small boat to get here. It's flooded all the way up to our waists." a disaster victim Putri Weina Balqis said. A resident received assistance from Tzu Chi when the region flooded two years ago. This time when she saw the volunteers return to help again, she greeted them as she would see an old friend returning after a long time.

At one distribution center, there once was a small shortage of powdered milk after 185 children showed up. But volunteers solved the problem soon and brought in more materials.

On the three-day mission in Kelantan, Tzu Chi Volunteers distri­buted drinking water, powdered milk and biscuits to about 670 families or 1,928 people taking refuge at SK Gual Tinggi and Kg Gual Sitok in Rantau Panjang.

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