Kuala Lumpur (Agenzia Fides) – “We are shocked by the catastrophic event of the floods that have hit many communities in eight states of the Federation. Many Christian communities that were celebrating the Advent season and preparing for the Christmas holidays with family gatherings, for a time of prayer and sharing, have been affected. We express our deep and heartfelt solidarity and spiritual closeness to the families of the victims and the displaced. In the coming days, the network of Christian Churches in the different states will launch initiatives of charity, consolation and solidarity. We will give the utmost support. The Lord also comes in times of suffering and anguish bringing his spirit of love and consolation”. These are the words to Agenzia Fides by Rev. Jonathan Jesudas, Methodist Christian pastor and General Secretary of the “Malaysian Council of Churches”, an ecumenical body, after the floods that first hit the Malaysian state of Kelantan and then other areas, touching a total of eight states of the Federation, both in Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo.ASIA/MALAYSIA – After the severe floods, more than 70,000 people will experience Christmas as displaced persons – Agenzia Fides
According to official information released by the authorities, at least five people have died from the fury of the waters (among them a 15-month-old boy and a two-year-old girl) and more than 70,000 have been displaced after the floods and landslides, caused by the monsoon floods, which reached three meters in height. More than 31,000 people have fled their homes in Kelantan state, while more than 39,000 residents have been evacuated to temporary shelters in neighboring Terengganu state. Thousands more displaced are registered in the states of Pahang, Johor and Perak and now also in Selangor, Sarawak and Sabah. The Malaysian Meteorological Department forecasts continued rainfall in the coming days.