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Great Love to Flood Victims in Gua Musang, Kelantan

Written by  Gan Chian Nee, Kelantan / Translated by Tan Heang Shin

 

Three sessions of cash relief and material distribution that were held in a day, at Kg Baru Gua Musang, Kg Pulai and SMK Tengku Indra Petra 2, had benefitted 700 families. [Photograph by Gan Chian Nee]

Gua Musang in Kelantan faced the worst flooding in decades since December 21, with floodwaters rising close to 3m. When the floodwaters subsided, Tzu Chi volunteers immediately set out to survey the disaster area and conduct aid distribution, hoping to relieve the flood victims.


 
Every year, the Northeast Monsoon brings heavy rainfall to Malaysia. In December this year, the unexpected high rainfall in Kelantan had displaced more than 40,000 people. Describing the flood as the worst in the last 30 years, the helpless villagers could only see their houses and neighbourhood completely destroyed and damaged.
 
After learning about the flood from an entrepreneur, Tzu Chi volunteers departed to assess the situation in Kelantan on December 25. As many roads were submerged in water, the entrepreneur had kindly offered his private helicopter to help fly the volunteers for aerial survey. Preparation for aid distribution in Gua Musang was immediately carried out upon assessment by Tzu Chi Chapters.
 
On the day of the Winter Solstice, the water level in Gua Musang exceeded the “alert” level, and was up to 3m high in the town centre. Power and communications were cut off, and streets were covered in mud, debris and rubbish. The entire scene was dreadful. Mr Pu Ya Lai shared with volunteers that he could not salvage any valuables as he had to run for his life due to the rapidly rising floodwaters. One local with “sampan” hurriedly rescued those who were trapped.
 
When floodwaters started to recede and roads were accessible to traffic, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor mobilized ten volunteers to embark on a 5-hour journey to Gua Musang to survey the affected areas and prepare for aid distribution. At 6 am the following day, the second batch of 35 volunteers, together with three big trucks and six 4-wheeldrive vehicles, headed for Gua Musang.
 
Three sessions of cash relief and material distribution that were held in a day at Kampung Baru Gua Musang, Kampung Pulai and SMK Tengku Indra Petra 2, had benefitted 700 families. Some helpful Chinese and Malay victims assisted volunteers in unloading the material aid. With bad weather and continued rainfall, the narrow distribution site was jam-packed.
 
 
The disaster relief centre set up by the Residents’ Association was situated at a local residence, and was used to store all items donated by the public. Tzu Chi also used this centre to compile the list of care recipients. Whenever volunteers needed help with food and lodging, the locals were there to lend a hand. On the distribution day, a few locals had helped bridge the gap between Tzu Chi and care recipients.
 
Volunteers’ personal care-giving had warmed the hearts of the villagers while they waited for support.
 
 
Gua Musang in Kelantan was hit by one of the worst floods in history on the night of Winter Solstice. [Photograph by Lee Mun Keat]   When the floodwaters subsided, Tzu Chi volunteers immediately set off for Gua Musang to assess the situation. [Photograph by Sue Tow Fong]

Gua Musang in Kelantan was hit by one of the worst floods in history on the night of Winter Solstice. [Photograph by Lee Mun Keat]
 
When the floodwaters subsided, Tzu Chi volunteers immediately set off for Gua Musang to assess the situation. [Photograph by Sue Tow Fong]
 
Second batch of 35 volunteers gathered for briefing and words of encouragement from the CEO, before departing for aid distribution. [Photograph by Lim Shy Tean]   Second batch of 35 volunteers, together with three big trucks and six 4-wheeldrives headed for Gua Musang. [Photograph by Gan Chian Nee]

Second batch of 35 volunteers gathered for briefing and words of encouragement from the CEO, before departing for aid distribution. [Photograph by Lim Shy Tean]
 
 
Second batch of 35 volunteers, together with three big trucks and six 4-wheeldrives headed for Gua Musang. [Photograph by Gan Chian Nee]
 
Residents’ Association set up a disaster relief centre at a local residence to store items donated by the public. It was also used by Tzu Chi to compile the list of care recipients. [Photograph by Gan Chian Nee]   Locals helped pack the material aid on the day of distribution. [Photograph by Sue Tow Fong]

Residents’ Association set up a disaster relief centre at a local residence to store items donated by the public. It was also used by Tzu Chi to compile the list of care recipients. [Photograph by Gan Chian Nee]
 
 
Locals helped pack the material aid on the day of distribution. [Photograph by Sue Tow Fong]
 
A small-scale aid distribution was held at Kg Pulai civic hall. [Photograph by Shao Jia Yan]
  Distribution was carried out despite the rain. [Photograph by Gan Chian Nee]

A small-scale aid distribution was held at Kg Pulai civic hall. [Photograph by Shao Jia Yan]
 
 
Distribution was carried out despite the rain. [Photograph by Gan Chian Nee]