Heavy monsoon rain that started in the middle of December have caused massive flood in extensive areas in Southeast Asia. As a first response to this disaster, AMDA dispatched a medical team that consisted of a coordinator and a nurse on New Year's Day. The two flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to join our local partner and ASNET (Asia Sogo-fujo Network for Emergency Relief) member, MERCY Malaysia and their emergency relief mission in northeastern state of Kelantan.
After a meeting with MERCY Malaysia, they took an early morning flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, Kelantan. The disaster area along the main road was still submerged. Although the floodwater was gradually receding, according to the Malaysia's National Security Council, as of January 3rd, 2015, there were still 3,636 people (820 families) living in the evacuation shelters. From the assessment done by MERCY Malaysia, MERCY-AMDA joint medical team distributed the most needed supply, the cleaning set. The whole area was exceedingly dusty after the muddy floodwater had receded and dried up, and it was apparently the affected people's priority to receive tools to scrub off the mud in their homes.
One cleaning set consisted of a wheelbarrow, a shovel, two scrub brushes, a rubber squeegee, a broom, masks, cotton gloves, and a bucket. They were distributed to 30 families in the villages of Bekok and Tualang in Kuala Krai, Kelantan.
The following day, on January 4th, MERCY-AMDA joint medical team, traveled to Tunpat, Kelantan to provide medical support to the flood-affected community. 113 people were the beneficiaries of the mobile clinic set up on Kok Pasir Street. The major symptoms were skin disease, back pain, and high blood pressure.
They were seen by the medical professionals of MERCY Malaysia and AMDA, and were very appreciative of the support from Japan that they received.