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The Outbreaks of Japanese Encephalitis
In March 1999, swine fever struck and badly affected the pig farms in Negeri Sembilan and Selangor, killing hundreds of farmers and adversely affecting the livelihood of more than 800 families. About 100,000 pigs were slayed to prevent the epidemic from spreading to other areas. From 20 March to 12 April, Tzu Chi volunteers set up the Japanese Encephalitis Victims Care Center to console the affected families, distributing water and bread to them as well as undertaking the registration of cases of affected families. On 11 April, Tzu Chi organized an emergency relief in Sepang. A total of 1,289 people from 449 families benefited from the cash distribution, which amounted to RM187, 000.
Volunteers Mobilized in An Emergency
On 22 December 2001, continuous rain on the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia caused severe floods in Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan. Conditions in Pahang were worst. Water levels rose as high as seven meters. Tzu Chi Malacca collaborated with Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur to form a disaster relief sub-committee. On 26 December, they headed for Kuantan, the capital of Pahang, which lay 400 kilometers away?a five-hour journey. After receiving a short briefing from the police officer in charge of the flood operations, the Tzu Chi team conducted an investigation and assessment of the situation and proceeded to carry out house-to-house visits to prepare the victim list and conduct registrations. On 28 December, relief distributions were carried out in Sungai Lembing and Panching. A total of 3,187 people from 628 families benefited from the relief funds, which amounted to RM80,390.
Severe Flood in Kuching
On 4 February 2003, the fourth day of Chinese New Year, continuous rain in Kuching, Sarawak, caused many low-lying districts to be severely flooded. Water levels rose from 1.5 to three metres and 37 villages were submerged in water. 38 primary and secondary schools were closed. The most severely affected areas were Batu Pintu Long and Batu Tanduk districts in Kuching and Serian district in Samaraham. When the news of the flood reached Tzu Chi, it responded immediately. On 8 February, its team made a journey to Kuching. Tzu Chi quickly investigated and assessed the situation. The following day they carried out relief distribution in four areas, providing emergency relief to 386 flood victims. Relief funds amounted to RM81,470.