Sarawak To Get Special Attention Due To Floods – Shahidan

A SAMARAHAN: Sarawak will be given special attention for a period of two months in view of the prevailing occurrence of major floods.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the National Disaster Management Committee (Nadma) would be providing more personnel and logistic assistance to meet the request from its counterpart in the state.

He further said that Nadma’s focus now was on Sarawak as it might be experiencing continuous rain until next month.

Extra equipment such as lorries, boats and portable tents will be sent, latest by next week. What is important is that all the 17 evacuation centres must be managed efficiently. At the moment, I can say that services at the centres are fine, he said when visiting the evacuation centre at SK Kampung Mang in Asajaya on Monday night together with Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) chairman.

Accompanying them were Nadma director general Datuk Mohd Yusuf Wazir and Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang.

Shahidan also announced the provision of 4,000 portable tents for flood victims or evacuees in the state.

The centre at SK Kampung Mang houses 108 victims from 24 families. He added that affected school children would also be taken care of.

When met at the evacuation centre in Asajaya Sports Complex, Uggah said the state had no problem in disseminating information on disasters such as the present floods because of advanced technology.

Taking the flood in Selangau recently as a case in point, he said online social media was used to provide real time information on the situation.

He was referring to the impassable Jalan Sibu-Bintulu due to the flood.

However, he acknowledged that not all areas could be reached by the Internet, thus information from there could not be relayed to the JPBN secretariat immediately.

He also said amateur radio could also be used to provide updates on disasters.

Uggah assured that the JPBN would heighten its level of preparedness this whole week in particular.

Also present at the centre was Asajaya assemblyman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who is also Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports.

The evacuation centre at Asajaya Sports Complex houses 275 victims from 78 families as at 4pm yesterday.

Source: The Borneo Post