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Flooding in Malaysia

15 January 2015

Exceptionally heavy rainfall combined with strong winds in Malaysia in December 2014 caused flooding which forced more 200,000 people from their homes. The floods are thought to be the worst in Malaysia for several decades.

Flooding details

·    The worst affected states include Terengganu, Pahang and Kelantan on the East coast and Sabah state in East Malaysia. Four other states in Peninsular Malaysia (Perak, Johor, Selangor and Perlis) also experienced serious flooding.

·    Kelantan was the worst affected state, with 158,476 people displaced by the flooding.

·    Entire villages were submerged under water at the height of the floods.

·    Thousands of people were left stranded without food or clean water supplies.

·    Many roads were flooded or washed away severely hampering rescue and relief operations.

·    21 people were confirmed dead.

·    Donations and support have been received from several Asian countries as well as from Australia, the United Arab Emirates and the USA. Supplies are also being provided by the United Nations and a number of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

·    The Prime Minister of Malaysia is currently suffereing from E. coli, a bacterial infection which causes a gastrointestinal disease. He is thought to have contracted the infection while visiting flood-hit areas of the country, although there is currently no evidence of an outbreak of E. coli as a result of the flooding.

·    Floodwaters are gradually subsiding, although heavy localised rainfall is continuing.

On 12 January 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations published an updated map showing the number of people remaining in evacuation centres in Malaysia.

Guidance for humanitarian workers heading to or those working in the areas affected

If you are travelling or working in the areas affected you may face additional health risks such as cholera, leptospirosis, bilharzia (schistosomiasis) and other insect-borne diseases. See our Information & Guidance document on ‘Flooding Related Health risks’ for further information. Click on the link for Malaysia for information and guidance on recommended vaccinations, malaria prevention, non-vaccine preventable health risks, safety and security measures, and other relevant information.

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Sources

·    International Federation of the Red Cross

·    Association of Southeast Asian Nations

·    UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

·    Reliefweb

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