People walk past cars partially submerged in floodwaters in Shah Alam, Selangor on December 21, 2021, as Malaysia faces massive floods that have left at least 14 dead and more than 70,000 displaced. (Photo by Arif Kartono / AFP)

Jan 14 2022

Church groups and parishes in Malaysia have been in the forefront of relief distribution in communities most affected by the flooding that hit the country since last month.

As the new year starts, thousands more people fled their homes after heavy rains exacerbated flooding in eight Malaysian states, displacing over 125,000 people since mid-December.

Caritas Malaysia, the social action arm of the Catholic Church in the country, coordinated with parishes and dioceses, to open relief centers and distribute food and basic necessities to flood victims.

Volunteers from Basic Ecclesial Communities cooked and distributed hot meals to those in shelters, said a Caritas report received by on Wednesday, January 12.

“There was a great outpouring of solidarity among Malaysians of all walks of life,” read the report.

“The spirit of ‘being Malaysian’ was most visible during this crisis when young and old of all races and religions went out of their way to help, to volunteer their time and energy for days,” it added.

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