With the flood happening over the weekend, people are scrambling to get home, get help, and just get through their days as they are filled to the brim with dirty, muddy floodwater.
Without a heads up from the authorities warning us about the flood, many Malaysians were left stranded and had to deal with the aftermath themselves.
What’s funny (not at all, really) is that news of the flood came as a bit of a “shock” to us as we didn’t realise it would get this far. After all, we were told by Environment Minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Mat, that Malaysia isn’t a country that’s vulnerable to climate change. Well, what’s this then?
According to a study by a group of UK universities in November 2021, it was predicted that Malaysia will be among the worst hit by climate change. So, why, pray tell, was this study not informed to us? There hasn’t been any news of prevention from the authorities regarding any of these issues.
This is far too worrying for us as even now, we are struggling to deal with this so called “tail” of the typhoon. What happens if we’re hit with something far worse in the future? Are we prepared?
For now though, once again, the rakyat themselves are helping each other. Malaysians have used #DaruratBanjir on social media to share news of flood happenings and offer their help to those in need.
If you can help, here are some places where you can volunteer, donate, or help someone find shelter:
Where You Can Get Shelter:
If you or anyone you know is affected by the flood happening in your areas, here are some places you can seek shelter:
Pustaka Raja Tun Uda, Shah Alam
Address: Jalan Kelab Golf 13/6, Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor
Contact No: +603-55197667
RUANG, Shah Alam
Address: 11, Jalan Sepak Raga 13/13, Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor
Contact No: +603-5613 4110/+6016-634 4110
Dewan Kiambang Seksyen 7, Shah Alam
Address: Jalan Platinum 7/58, Seksyen 7, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
Contact No: +6011-28484070
Sekolah Putra Heights 2
Address: Persiaran Putra Bahagia, Putra Heights, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Contact No: +603-5103 2676
Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah, Bukit Jelutong
Address: Lot Masjid, Jalan Bazar U8/98, Seksyen U8, Bukit Jelutong, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
Contact No: +603-7831 3641
UiTM Shah Alam
Address: Jalan Ilmu 1/1, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor
Contact No: +603 5544 3509 / 3576 / 3159 / 3300 / 3507
Address: 102, Persiaran Rajawali/Ku1, Bandar Baru Klang, 41150 Klang, Selangor
Contact No: +603-3377 7888
Address: Jalan Singa 20/1, Seksyen 20, 40300 Shah Alam, Selangor
Contact No: +603-5543 1111
Shelter for cats
Address: Please DM naanaaaharris_ on Instagram for location
Contact No: +6017-7713100
Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Shah Alam
Address: Persiaran Masjid St., Sekysen 14, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
Contact No: +603-5519 9988
Where You Can Donate:
If you’re unable to physically help, you can always donate to some of these organisations that are helping with delegating the funds to those affected by the flood. These establishments were all created in light of the natural disaster and aim to help out Malaysians in any way they can:
Malaysian Relief Agency (Tabung Bantuan Kecemasan Mengharungi Monsoon)
Malaysian Relief Agency Foundation
Bank account number: 86000 59478
Contact No: +603-91744672
Budi Care Bantuan Kecemasan Banjir Selangor
Pertubuhan Generasi Penerus Harapan Ummah
Bank account number: 564221668588
Contact No: +6018-2788427 (Zikrun)
IMARET Flood Relief/Persatuan Perubatan Islam Malaysia
Persatuan Perubatan Islam Malaysia
Reference: Flood Relief
Bank account number: 86007 03709
Contact No: imamalaysia.org or +6019-8320340 (you may also call or WhatsApp the number if you wish to volunteer)
Bantuan Kecemasan Banjir Selangor
Reference: Flood Relief/Banjir
Bank account number: 562106228176
Contact No: +6014-6173047 (Khai)
MyCARE Kempen Bencana Banjir
Humanitarian Care Malaysia Bhd
Reference: Flood Relief/Banjir
Bank account number: 86021 35592
Contact No: +6016-6366369
Mahasiswa Harapan: Bantuan Respon Bencana
Bantuan Respon Bencana
Reference: Flood Relief/Banjir
Bank account number: 5643 0623 9265
Contact No: +6018-9060270 (Rahim) or +6011-12731962 (Syamim)
Malaysia Flood Relief Donation
Maybank and Bank Islam
Bank account numbers:
Maybank – 1580 7984 2490 (Nur Hakimah)
Bank Islam – 08068 0207 83518 (Afifah Batrisyia)
Things You Can Donate:
If you would like to donate things other than money, here are some items that are needed by Malaysians who are affected by the floods. You can donate these items to the shelters listed above;
- Sanitary pads
- Sleeping bags
- Diapers (for adults as well as babies)
- Shampoo/body wash
Where You Can Volunteer:
If you are not affected by the flood but want to help out, there are other ways apart from donating money. For example, you can volunteer to help the flood victims evacuate from their houses or help out at a soup kitchen. Here are some places to help you start out:
Location: All around Selangor (please call the number below for further instructions)
What’s needed: Blankets, pillows, toto, toiletries, pads, and diapers to be delivered.
Contact No: +6014-6173047 (Khai)
Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Malaysia
Location: 4 Lorong Utara B, Off Jalan Utara, 46200 Petaling Jaya Selangor
What’s needed: To help cook and distribute food
Contact No: +6010-2174556
Impactive Malaysia in Hulu Langat and Shah Alam
Location: Hulu Langat and Shah Alam area (please call number below for further instructions)
What’s needed: Vehicle 4×4 or boat to transport flood victims
Contact No: +6013-7337197
My Hope Hero
Location: Surau Al-Munawwarah, Persiaran Sukan, Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor
What’s needed: bringing in donations, help out with flood victims, etc
Global Peace Mission Malaysia
Location: Lembah Klang, Selangor and Rembau, Negeri Sembilan (Please contact the number below for further instructions)
What’s needed: food distributions and house cleaning
Contact No: +6011-25572562 (Ms. Rosma)
We Listen Malaysia
Location: Around Shah Alam, Klang and Puchong (Please contact the number below for further instructions)
What’s needed: To help flood victims
Contact No: +6018-2698397 (Ariff)
My Fund Action Terengganu
Location: All around Terengganu (Please contact the number below for further instructions)
What’s needed: To help flood victims evacuate from their houses, to provide food aid and to assist in rescuing flood victims
Contact No: +6010-3590926 (Adzfar)
Pertubuhan Pemuda GEMA Malaysia
Location: All around Malaysia (Please contact the number below for further instructions)
What’s needed: Donations, transporting necessities, and helping out flood victims
Contact No: +6019-4424387 (Amar Masuri)
Emergency Hotlines You Can Call:
If you or anyone you know is stuck in a situation where you can’t escape from the flood, please contact these emergency hotlines for help:
- Flood information: +603-42895400
- Flood information or asking for help: Pusat Operasi C5I Smart Selangor
- Unit Pengurusan Bencana Negeri Selangor: +603-50350920 and extensions
- Boat Rescue Aids for Kota Kemuning, Klang, and Shah Alam
- Telegram Group of Volunteers
What You Can Do If You’re Stuck in a Flood that’s Rapidly Rising
For future reference, here are some points to take note of before, during, and after a flood:
A video of what to do if the water has reached your head:
Tips for flood preparation according to NaFFWS Sungai Muar:
- Develop an evacuation plan.
- Determine what to move up, out or away, and then do it: feed supplies, furniture, clothing, medical equipment, medicine, important family papers, jewellery, electronics, food, etc.
- Use the safest routes to a predetermined place. Avoid roads that will probably be blocked by water.
- Turn off your electronics.
- Inform your friends and family where you’re going or your current location.
- Have a flood supply kit ready (as listed below).
- Teach your family (especially children) how and when to call for help.
- Be aware of streams, drainage channels, and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.
- If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
- If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Follow recommended evacuation routes—shortcuts may be blocked.
- If you’re driving, do not drive through water or around barriers.
- If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and move to higher ground. (Do NOT stay in your car).
- Do not walk through moving water.
- Do not drive into flooded areas.
- Check news sites for further information.
- Do not attempt to return home unless advised by authorities.
- Inspect your property before you enter, look for broken parts, cracks, and missing items.
- Inspect your electric circuits, gas, and water sources before turning anything on.
- Remove all flood-affected food and beverages.
- Help your neighbours and the disabled.
In the future, before a flood warning, make sure you already have these items in your emergency bag/kit:
- Phone necessities (powerbank, charger)
- Important documents in a waterproof case
- Flashlight and batteries
- A whistle
- Water bottles
- Canned food
- Emergency first aid kit
Please do not attempt to redah the water if you can help it. It’s dangerous as you don’t know what’s inside the water, plus the fact that it’s very dirty and possibly contaminated. Also, do not swim in it for fun!
Let’s help each other out in these trying times. Because who else do we have but each other to count on?