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Great Love to Flood Victims

Volunteers provided comfort to victims of young and old housed in a small area at the evacuation centre. [Photograph by Tan Pui Lee]

For five continuous days from January 14, 2015, rain had fallen incessantly in Kuching City and its surrounding areas in Sarawak State. The flood that resulted had reached a critical level submerging roads, drains, paddy or grass fields, as well as, most of the low-lying areas.

Tzu Chi volunteers presented the well-wishes from Master Cheng Yen and the love from everyone to the flood victims. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

In the aftermath of a severe flood in Pahang, Tzu Chi volunteers have not stopped caring for those affected. On February 1, 2015, as the flood victims were still struggling to restore their homes and lives, volunteers sent their warmest wishes once again through a cash relief distribution.

KL & Selangor Branch handed out cash cards for the first time to enable flood victims to obtain hard cash from the bank. Different amounts were programmed into the card according to each victim’s family situation. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

Tzu Chi KL & Selangor has distributed relief cash using cash card for the first time. From January 31 to February 8, 2015, there will be seven cash relief distributions on a large scale to the flood victims in Pahang.

Accompanied by TIMA team, members of Stroke Patients’ and Cancer Support Groups joined in the fundraising at 1 Utama Shopping Centre. [Photograph by Casy Lau Chun Nee]

A group of stroke and cancer patients were seen at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya, holding donation boxes and posters to solicit funds for flood victims. Some were on wheelchairs or feeling unwell, but together with Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) team, they had bowed low to the crowd hoping to inspire more kindness.

After dismissal, a few students from Da Ai Educare Centre carried around donation boxes to collect donations from parents and fellow classmates alike. [Photograph by Yen Yu Chu]

Pictures of what seemed to be the sea, with vague objects sticking out here and there, gradually flashed across the projector. With the teacher’s simple explanations, the children of Da Ai Educare Centre could comprehend that they were actually looking at aerial shots of areas struck severely by the floods, and the tiny things sticking out of the water were the roofs of houses! They were blown away by what they had just seen and heard, but with the teacher’s help, they understood that despite the disaster, there is love everywhere; and that they could do their part to help.

Volunteer Chan Bee Peng (1st left) introducing the first Tzu Chi member in Kuala Krau, Yeong Kam Lin (2nd left) to a villager. Kam Lin vowed to set up more recycling centres in Kuala Krau and recruit more volunteers. [Photograph by Sam Pin Fook]

When the flood hit Kuala Krau, Yeong Kam Lin spent days visiting the victims tirelessly despite being a victim herself. The arrival of Tzu Chi volunteers brought hope to the town and eased the strain on Kam Lin when they started the cash-for-work programme, relief distribution and free clinic.

On January 11, 2015, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor held a large-scale aid distribution and free clinic at the hall of SMK Kuala Krau, providing free medical services, as well as, distributing Jing Si multi-purpose folding beds, daily necessities, and back-to-school financial aid for students. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]

Following the end of the four-day cash-for-work programme that saw a total turnout of 1,130 Tzu Chi volunteers and 2,638 flood victims, another batch of volunteers from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor were dispatched to Kuala Krau on January 11, 2015, to conduct aid distribution, free clinic and home visits.

Tzu Chi volunteers launched a cash-for-work programme on January 4, hoping to clean the school with joint efforts from all, so that children could return to school soon. [Photograph by Tee Kim Wooi]

On their return visit on January 10 & 11, Tzu Chi volunteers found the religious school, SM (A) Darul Naim in Kuala Krau, Pahang, clean but with some traces of mud. The thick layers of silt on the ground had been cleared, unlike a week earlier where the deep mud had made walking difficult.

Volunteers focused the cleaning effort along the 12 km riverbanks. They divided the cleaning area into eight sections and sponsored a work relief programme. [Photograph by Tan Ken Teik]

Debris along the submerged riverbanks of Pahang River was too voluminous to be cleared after the flooding; and villagers resorted to open air burning, which added a repulsive stench to the air. Six hundred Tzu Chi volunteers from KL and Klang then made a two-and-a-half-hour journey from Kuala Lumpur to launch a “cash-for-work” programme to clean up the neighbourhood together with the villagers.

Volunteers wore raincoats, held umbrella and poster in one hand and donation box in the other, and ventured on with the hope of helping the victims to return to their homes soon. [Photograph by Kang Miew Tiang]

The major floods that hit Southern Malaysia in 2006 and 2011 affected the house of Tzu Chi volunteer, Chua Cho Koon in Segamat. She recalled, “I thought I suffered greatly then, but seeing the floods in the East Coast from newspaper reports, I felt they are suffering more as they have lost everything. I could feel for them.”

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