Help for Tumpat folk

Timely help: A World Vision volunteer handing a bag of provisions to a villager in Tumpat.

ABOUT 800 families affected by the devastating floods in Kelantan received aid from World Vision Malaysia and its partner Crest (Crisis Relief Services & Training).

Food, clean drinking water, hygiene essentials, household items, cleaning kits and educational supplies for children were distributed over two days in Tumpat and Kuala Krai.

“Our initial response focused on providing essentials to meet the immediate needs of the people, especially children who are the most vulnerable during disasters,” said World Vision Malaysia Floods Response manager Stephanie Chin.

“In our assessment, Kuala Krai was one of the worst affected areas, and many here have lost all their possessions and even their form of livelihood.

“Being able to lend a helping hand in such a time and seeing their faces light up as they received the relief items was priceless,” she added.

In Kuala Krai, 600 families received the items at a local primary school turned evacuation shelter.

In Tumpat, the most urgent need was clean drinking water as supply was disrupted.

The local community had to resort to drawing water from muddy rivers nearby or by digging their own makeshift wells.

A total of 200 families there received relief items from World Vision Malaysia and Crest.

“It is important that we continue to work closely with the communities.

“World Vision will continue its assessment on the ground to look into the needs of those affected, and assist in the recovery process,” Chin added.

As evacuees start to return home as the flood recedes, staff members and volunteers would also be assisting local communities to clean up schools and community areas.

More distributions of relief items are planned for Kuala Betis and Gua Musang.

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