Tai­wanese res­cuers en­ter flood-hit Malaysian ar­eas

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A team of 31 med­i­cal work­ers and vol­un­teers put to­gether by a Tai­wanese search and res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion and the Bud­dha’s Light In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion en­tered flood-hit ar­eas in Malaysia on Tues­day to of­fer re­lief ser­vices to vic­tims.

The Tai­wanese res­cue team was joined by mem­bers of lo­cal youth or­ga­ni­za­tions, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple on the mis­sion to more than 50, be­fore set­ting off for the af­fected states in the east­ern part of penin­su­lar Malaysia.

They had with them 12 ve­hi­cles loaded with sup­plies and res­cue equip­ment, and they ex­pected to re­main in the af­fected ar­eas for six days, ac­cord­ing to the Taipei Eco­nomic and Cul­tural Of­fice in Malaysia.

In the worst flood­ing seen in Malaysia in three decades, nine states, in­clud­ing Ke­lan­tan, Tereng­ganu, Pa­hang, Perak and Perlis were in­un­dated by floods caused by mon­soon rains.

The floods have forced the evac­u­a­tion of more than 230,000 peo­ple, and the num­ber was still ris­ing, Tai­wan’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice said.

In Ke­lan­tan alone, nine peo­ple have drowned and four oth­ers have gone miss­ing since flood­ing be­gan on Dec. 22 in the north­ern state that shares a bor­der with Thai­land, ac­cord­ing to Ke­lan­tan po­lice.

The Tai­wan of­fice, mean­while, has do­nated 5,000 ring­git (US$1,429) to help flood vic­tims.

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