Malaysia Tropical Storm Situation Report No. 1

Report
from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 31 Dec 1996
Ref: DHAGVA 96/0548
1. On 27 December 1996, tropical storm "Greg" hit the northwest coast of Sabah State, Malaysia, causing heavy rainfall, with winds blowing at more than 70 km/h, and widespread flooding. According to BERNAMA (Malaysia News Service) report, 170 persons were killed and over 100 missing. More than 3,000 people were left homeless and at least 300 buildings damaged. Keningau district was severely affected. The road between the State capital Kota Kinabalu and Keningau was cut as two bridges had been washed away, and the road from Kota Kinabalu to Tambunan was blocked by a landslide.

2. The State Disaster Committee is coordinating relief efforts in which military, air force, police, firemen and members of voluntary organizations such as the Malaysian Red Crescent Society participate. In Kuala Lumpur, the disaster management unit head at the National Security Council announced that a 24-member Special Malaysian Assistance and Rescue Team has already been deployed to Keningau.

3. The UN/DHA Resident Coordinator in Kuala Lumpur is in close contact with Government authorities to monitor the situation. To date, no appeal for international assistance has been received at DHA.

4. Contributions Value in USD
Indonesia - Relief goods ++
Japan - Bilateral cash grant
- Relief goods
100,000
170,190
++ = value not reported to DHA

5. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform DHA-Geneva, as indicated below, of bilateral relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding value by item.

Telephone No: +41-22-917-12-34
In case of emergency only: +41-22-917.20.10

Desk Officers: Ms. S. Metzner-Strack
direct tel: +41-22-917.21.44

Press to contact: Ms. M. Moulin-Acevedo
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