‘Counseling Officers At Every Flood Relief Centre’

KUALA LUMPUR: The Welfare Department has instructed its counseling officers to be stationed at every flood relief centre to help the front-liners.

Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Dato Sri Rohani Abdul Karim said the move was taken in view of the fact there are bound to be victims who refuse to be evacuated; prioritising their belongings rather than their life.

These accredited officers will provide moral support to the flood victims, and persuading those who refuse to evacuate for fear the security of their property might be compromised despite food and medical supplies are well taken care of, she said during a dinner with Sarawak media practitioners here on Tuesday.

Rohani acknowledged that the officers are currently stationed at all 31 relief centres.

Meanwhile, Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said the management of all relief centres are running smoothly through close collaboration with the relevant agencies.

So far we have expedited our ‘response time’ on delivering food supplies and tents, which is very effective.

If there is a lacking in manpower at certain areas, we will deploy a special team from headquarters.

She added that for areas that have been cut off, the operating managers, and Residents and District officers would seek helicopter assistance for disaster kits and deliveries

Source: The Borneo Post