Foreign ministry confirms no Malaysian casualties in Queensland flood disaster

January 15, 2011 11:04 am 

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 15 — The Foreign Ministry said that the Malaysian High Commission in Canberra had confirmed that there has been no reports of death or injury involving Malaysians as a result of the flood disaster in Queensland, Australia and that all Malaysians living in the affected areas are safe.

In a statement here, the ministry said the situation there was beginning to ease as floodwaters were slowly subsiding while cleanup and rebuilding efforts were underway.

It said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had sent a sympathy message to Australia's premier Julia Gillard, conveying Malaysia's support and condolences to the people of Australia over lives lost in the disaster.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had also conveyed a sympathy message to his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd, expressing his condolences to families of flood victims, the statement said, adding that the ministry would continue to monitor the aftermath of floods in Queensland, Australia and keep in close contact with students and other Malaysians in the affected areas.

"Our mission in Canberra is also coordinating with other Malaysian government agencies and local authorities in Australia to ensure the safety and welfare of Malaysians there," the statement said.

It also said the Foreign Ministry had activated contact lines as focal points for the public to seek information on the latest flood situation in Australia.

Members of the public can call the ministry's Consular Division at 03-8887 4047 or the duty officer during after office hours/weekends and public holidays at 03-8889 2746 and 03-8887 4750 or email to dutyofficer@kln.gov.my.

They can also call the Malaysian High Commission in Canberra, Australia at 00(612)61200 300 or email to malcnbera@kln.gov.my. (PNA/Bernama) DCT/utb

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