Rover Scouts in Malaysia have played a key role supporting local authorities in rescue efforts in response to severe rain and floods in the country since the end of 2020.
As the heavy rains continued, the rising sea level caused water to be released into the rivers and Rover Scouts supported local efforts to move flood victims to shelter in temporary settlements in Kuching, Sarawak.
The severe flooding has already lasted for weeks and during this time, Rover Scouts, together with adult leaders, have served as a much-needed, reliable back-up to local authorities, running low on energy following numerous days of rescuing stranded people.
For example, on 14 January, Scout arrived at the community council hall at dawn and were divided into groups. Some were sent to the worst affected places, especially those who are skilled and trained in rescuing. Others were posted to various flood relief centres to help with registration, the distribution of drinking water, food and medicine. They have also helped to ensure that social distancing is maintained among the flood victims.
Compiled with thanks from reports from Sam@Aliff Ajwad bin Marzuki, APR NSO Messengers of Peace Coordinator, Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia and WSB Asia-Pacific Support Centre. Photos © Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia