Malaysians brace for end-of-year flood

September 13, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR – The terrible floods that ravaged the Klang Valley last December are still fresh in everyone’s memory and the rescue teams are leaving nothing to chance with the forecast of bad weather to come.

While the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) predicted heavy rain during the northeast monsoon season later this year, these groups said they were ready to deploy at any time.

Crisis Relief Services and Training Bhd (CREST Malaysia) director Dr Yoong Sao Chin said he conducted training for the volunteers while coordinating his contingency and contingency plans during these workshops.

“As a result of this, our volunteers are encouraged to participate in CREST Malaysia workshops held in places such as schools and also with civil bodies,” he said.

CREST Malaysia is a non-profit organization dedicated to disaster relief work.

Dr Yoong said coordination and collaboration with government agencies is crucial during disasters.

“On a larger scale, we will participate in a coordination group known as the National Crisis Response in Kota Baru (Kelantan) next month.

“Here we will meet and engage with civilian bodies, government agencies such as the Fire and Rescue Service and the Malaysian Civil Defense Force, schools and village leaders to discuss collective efforts in the event of accidents. due to heavy rain,” he added.

He said CREST Malaysia also held a workshop at a school in Temerloh, Pahang, to educate school children on how to identify dangerous areas and plot escape routes in the event of flooding, given that the school is located next to a river.

Dr Ahmad Yusuf Yahaya, chief coordinator of Imaret – the relief and outreach arm of the Islamic Medical Association Malaysia – said his team was always on guard when it came to a potential deluge .

“After the floods last December, the team worked continuously to anticipate any flooding.

“At the strategic level, this includes strengthening our networks with partners while at the operational level, we continue to prepare for the immediate deployment of medical teams should the need arise,” he said.

Among the measures, he added, were allocating more emergency funds for relief efforts and stockpiling supplies such as medicine and hygiene kits.

Dr Ahmad Yusuf also said Imaret was ready for rapid deployment.

“Our volunteer database is constantly updated with drug kits also ready for use by our team.

“Similarly, hygiene kits for 1,000 families are ready to be distributed (if needed),” he added.

International Islamic University Malaysia student union president Aliff Naif said its members had the experience and numbers to help with floods.

“Our members were sent to help with the floods that hit Hulu Langat (Selangor) in December last year, and others were sent to Baling (Kedah) in July.

“Either way, we are ready to help where we can,” he added.