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Helping Malaysia's "Once in 100 Years" Floods To Recede

What are Interventions?These are brief undertakings where Kyrios endeavours to avert or lessen the severity of a natural disaster in a bid to reduce loss of lives, destruction, and impacts of climate change.

Outcome

Floods across 8 states in Malaysia were abated within 3 days

Crisis Situation

Timeline of Events

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On the morning of 21 December 2021, Kyrios received emergency calls for help from friends in Malaysia citing disastrous floods caused by days of torrential rains in Kuala Lumpur, Pahang, Selangor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, and Perak. Despite Kyrios having already intervened a couple days earlier on 19 December to reduce the torrential rains, floodwaters continued to rise in several areas. In some other areas, water levels remained high even as the rains have mostly stopped.

Kyrios noted the increasing severity of the crisis, where many Malaysians were trapped amid deep waters and had to climb onto roofs to escape danger. As government aid was not forthcoming, many had no food and potable water. Homes were destroyed while some even lost their lives. Authorities declared this a “once in 100 years” flood.

The rising water levels in many areas endangering lives around Malaysia prompted Kyrios to decide to intervene once again by easing rainfall and enabling flood waters to recede. This time round, Kyrios assured that the floods would abate within 3 days.

True enough, according to meteorological data between 21 and 24 December 2021, weather stations in areas where Kyrios carried out interventions reported a gradual fall in water levels from “Dangerous” to “Safe”.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Malaysians who actively feedback on the flood and rainfall situation on the ground, which helped Kyrios to carry out timely weather interventions. Kyrios also commended on how the Harapan coalition and many Malaysians had tirelessly saved those in danger, regardless of race and religion.

Although this round of floods subsided within 3 days, Kyrios’ intervention only alleviated the symptoms but not the root causes of this disaster. While this once in 100 years flood may be due to climate change, the severity and impact of it could have been reduced with proper infrastructure through long-term planning and investment by a responsible and caring government. Malaysians have also seen how help was rendered during their greatest need, and should therefore discern carefully who is best able to look after their long term interests and livelihoods. Malaysians must stay united, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. Only by supporting a righteous government with the right values and through hard work, can Malaysia truly achieve prosperity and sustained peace, and avoid such catastrophic disasters in the future.

TIMELINE

19 December 2021

⭐️ Kyrios helps to reduce rainfall

Kyrios saw many people stranded on rooftops amidst rising floods and decided to reduce the torrential rains across Malaysia.

21 December 2021

⭐️ Kyrios intervenes to reduce floods in 3 days

Kyrios receives emergency calls from friends in Malaysia asking for help to ease the floods in Kuala Lumpur and seven other states, namely, Pahang, Selangor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, and Perak.

Kyrios decides to intervene again, this time to help the floods recede. Kyrios assures them that the floods will recede in 3 days.

23 December 2021

Floods recede

In states where Kyrios intervened, meteorological data from weather stations have reported a gradual fall in water levels from "Dangerous" to "Safe".

24 December 2021

Floods in Malaysia have successfully abated

In the graphic below, flood water levels reported across weather stations over the course of 3 days show water levels receding to normal levels.

This also marks the end of Kyrios' intervention for this round of torrential rains and floods. Kyrios may not be able to assist in every flood event. As such, households should look at flood preventive measures, and local governmental officials must work on improving drainage and warning systems.

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