From December 16, 2021, Malaysia experienced three days of heavy torrential downpours, which inundated much of the country. The disaster resulted in the displacement of thousands of people, and many were pronounced dead. Due to its scale, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob called on the UN to provide assistance to repair the damage and mitigate future flooding.
Many of those affected wonder if the Prime Minister is doing enough to mitigate the damage caused by the floods. Some believe it is working too slowly and, as a result, is allowing conditions to worsen in relief centers as the Malaysian government juggles both recent flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Malaysian health authorities, COVID-19 cases are expected to continue to rise as relief centers are forced to exceed their maximum capacity to house all displaced flood victims. The threat of being infected with COVID-19 coupled with the financial burdens caused by the flooding has led many Malaysians to urge the government to allow citizens to withdraw money from their retirement funds to afford the damages. by flooding, which has elicited mixed reactions. from the Malaysian government.
To mitigate the damage caused by the floods, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob requested the equivalent of $ 3 million from the United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF). This financial appeal will do more than rebuild Malaysia from the recent floods; it will also prepare the nation for similar events in the future. In the wake of the climate crisis, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob acknowledges that climate change will make torrential storms, like those that caused the recent floods, more frequent and powerful. Preventive action like this, rather than reactive action, can help mitigate the catastrophic effects of climate change.
The Malaysian government had already allocated around the equivalent of $ 2.34 billion to climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in terms of funding. This money will help fund expensive infrastructure projects to help the country prepare for storms caused by climate change. However, like many other countries with tropical climates, Malaysia is already feeling the effects of climate change. This recent flood was declared the worst flooding in the country for displaced residents since the Malaysian floods of 2014-2015 and is the deadliest flood since Tropical Storm Greg in 1996. Last week, the National Disaster Command Center (NDCC) announced that 69,134 people had been displaced and 48 died.
Catastrophic weather events, like the one that occurred in Malaysia two weeks ago, will become more common around the world, according to many climate scientists. Thus, adopting plans to move towards climate mitigation and adaptation will allow us to prepare for the intense climate crises caused by climate change. It is vital that as a global society we strive to restructure our infrastructure to withstand the social and physical effects of future climate crises in order to learn to adapt to the future.