Ambassador Yun Visits Kelantan and Announces New U.S. Flood Assistance

Photo of Ambassador Yun meeting with a family
Ambassador Joseph Yun meets with a family of seven who now live under a make-shift shelter. (U.S. Embassy photo)

U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Y. Yun visited Kelantan on January 15, 2015 and met with Malaysian government officials to discuss flood recovery and assistance. While in Kota Bharu, Ambassador Yun met with the Crown Prince of Kelantan and the Chief Minister of Kelantan to convey his condolences, learn about the situation on the ground, and discuss U.S. assistance in both short and long term. He also visited the Mercy Malaysia base camp in Machang and traveled to areas affected by flooding.

While in Kelantan, the ambassador announced RM 2.5 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help with flood recovery in the east coast of Malaysia. The new assistance will take the form of materials, programs, and technical assistance and will help people in the affected areas recover from the disaster and rebuild their lives. This assistance is in addition to the RM 525,000 that the U.S. Embassy announced on January 2, and will complement ongoing work by the Malaysian government and local non-governmental organizations.

The new assistance includes tarps, tents, and plastic sheeting, as well as funding for water, sanitation, and hygiene programs.  In addition, a U.S. Government technical assistance expert has arrived in Malaysia and will provide technical support on shelter and settlement to the National Security Council and the Ministry of Defense.  The U.S. Department of Defense is loaning cargo modules to the Malaysian military to transport relief materials.  Finally, the U.S. government will also provide long-term assistance to Malaysia on storm forecasting and flood mitigation.

Since the onset of flooding, U.S. companies and their employees have provided cash and in-kind donations valued at over RM 1.1 million.  Contributors include ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola, Mondelez, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, TBWA, HP, and Smart Modular Technologies.  This support includes 70,000 emergency meals, water, diapers, hygiene kits, and air transportation services.  Proctor & Gamble, Novartis, Pfizer, DaVita, and Abbot plan to donate medical and health supplies valued at more than RM 50,000 to support affected communities.  This includes IV fluids, painkillers, antihistamines, and emergency water purification sachets.