Bomba air unit delivers 14 Tonnes Of Food Aid To Nanga Tau Flood Victims

SIBU: The air unit of the state Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) delivered 14 tonnes of food items to 3,861 flood victims in Nanga Tau, Tatau on Saturday.

Bomba state director Nor Hisham Mohammad said the food items were delivered from Tatau Sports Hall to Rumah Dilang, Rumah Thomas and Rumah Barat, totaling 672 doors.

The use of helicopters has enhanced Bomba’s delivery mechanism as food could be delivered faster to flood victims in various parts of Sarawak, where connectivity was cut off.

The delivery of food supply (via the air) is more efficient, but also dependent on factors such as changes in the flood level in the affected area, he told The Borneo Post yesterday, adding that boat is the favoured mode of transportation to deliver aid to flood victims and also for evacuation purposes.

The state Bomba’s air unit was formed in 2013 and currently has two helicopters. One is currently being used for flood-relief operations, while the other craft is on standby.

Saturday’s food delivery was aided on the ground by police, Welfare Department, Civil Defence Force (APM), People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and the army. As of noon yesterday, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee reported that 498 victims are still housed at the evacuation centre in Tatau Sports Hall.

Source: The Borneo Post