Heavy flooding due to continuous downpour and strong winds has forced 7,910 evacuees to remain in several relief centres in Penang and Kedah. In Kedah, 17 relief centres are still operational in 5 districts while Penang being the worst hit has 45 relief centres operational in 3 districts namely Seberang Perai Tengah, Seberah Perai Utara and Timur Laut.
Basic care and support such as temporary shelters, food and blankets have been supplied by the Authorities to the affected population. The Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) National Headquarters has been working closely with its State branches coordinating and actively supporting the local agencies in the response and relief activities. Red Crescent Rapid Deployment Squad (RDS) volunteers are actively involved in the relief operations, helping the local authorities to clear roads blocked by fallen trees and branches to allow passage and accessibility to distribute relief items.
In addition to manpower support, the National Headquarters has further despatched last night, a 3-tonne lorry and 2 boat engines to support existing capacities at the MRC Penang State branch, together with 400 hygiene kits and 500 blankets for distribution to the affected population.
At its National Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Red Crescent has activated its Disaster Management Centre (DMC); and coordinating relief efforts with its branches in the affected States. It is also open to receive assistance in aid of its flood operations and welcomes contributions and/or donations in-kind in support of relief efforts.
Kindly note that all cash donations to the Malaysian Red Crescent are tax-exempted and funds received will be utilized for relief and recovery efforts specific to this Operation. Contributions in the form of cheque or money order should be made payable to Malaysian Red Crescent Society and directed to:
The Secretary General
Malaysian Red Crescent Society
Lot PT54, Lengkok Belfield
Off Jalan Wisma Putra
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Online bank transfers can also be made directly to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society’s Maybank Account No: 5144 2210 7228 or through Maybank Swift Code: MBBEMYKL
The following Red Crescent focal persons may be contacted for details on the Red Crescent’s Flood Relief Operations in the affected States.
- Chow Thian Pow, Director, MRC Penang State, Tel: +6012-477 9935
- Dato’ Hj. Nasir bin Mustafa, National Vice Chairman & Deputy Chairman MRC Kedah State, Mobile: +6019-415 9697 or En. Abu Bakar Othman, Mobile: +6012-430 7948
- Albert Quah, Honorary Secretary, Mobile: +6016-595 9206
Kuala Lumpur National Headquarters:
- Zulkarnian Musa, Ambulance and Logistics Officer, Tel: +6012- 282 3626
For general enquiries and information, please contact Ms. Jaya Maruthan, Manager, Communications, Fundraising and International Support, Tel: +603-2141 7872, Mobile: +6013-354 0097
We take this opportunity to thank the Media and Donors for supporting the Malaysian Red Crescent and look forward to your support for yet another appeal in support of the flood affected communities.
DATO SAYED A. RAHMAN BIN SAYED MOHD