Malaysia - Seasonal Floods (MDRMY002): DREF Operation Update 2

Situation Report
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Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

  • Relief items, including kitchen sets and hygiene kits, will be removed from budget and the balance will be returned to DREF; distributions will be undertake concurrently with the final handover of temporary shelters, outside of this DREF operation timeframe as a part of Malaysian Red Crescent Society’s larger recovery plan.

  • It is expected that the final financial report will reflect an underspending on water and sanitation due to actual costs of procurement and deployment of the Kit 5 and related currency exchange fluctuations at the time of procurement.

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Heavy seasonal rain and strong winds affected most parts of Malaysia starting in mid-December 2014 and continued into the first weeks of January 2015. The rain caused severe flooding in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia – the states of Terengganu, Pahang, and Kelantan. The heavy and prolonged rain also coincided with higher than normal tides, which effectively inhibited flood waters from draining to the sea. At the peak of the flooding, more than 230,000 people were evacuated and at least 17 people were confirmed dead. There are no official figures of the total number of people affected, but based on the number of displaced, it can be estimated that between 500,000 to 1 million people were affected, directly or indirectly.

Communities affected by the floods left evacuation centres in January 2015, and schools have reopened. Families whose homes were partially or completely destroyed are either living in tents, temporary shelters or with host families. Communities and local government representatives indicate that they have received sufficient food items and remaining needs are for water, sanitation and shelter.