Brac­ing for floods

De­part­ments, agen­cies all ready for any even­tu­al­ity brought by north­east mon­soon

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Daryll Law re­porters@the­bor­neo­

KUCH­ING: A to­tal of 21,188 of­fi­cers and per­son­nel from seven de­part­ments and agen­cies are on standby to face the on­slaught of the north­east mon­soon, said State Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas.

Ac­cord­ing to the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment, the pre­vail­ing north­east mon­soon which is ex­pected to last un­til March next year would cause floods in low-ly­ing and flood-prone ar­eas.

Ug­gah, who is also Deputy Chief Min­is­ter, added this is part of the com­mit­tee’s readi­ness to pro­vide all the nec­es­sary sup­port to en­sure smooth op­er­a­tion in an emer­gency.

And if heavy rain falls si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the high-tide phe­nom­e­non, the flood risk will be worse.

“And if heavy rain falls si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the high-tide phe­nom­e­non, the flood risk will be worse ,” he said at a press con­fer­ence after chair­ing the State Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee meet­ing at the State Op­er­a­tions Room in Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yes­ter­day.

Also present were Min­is­ter of Wel­fare, Com­mu­nity Well­be­ing, Women, Fam­ily and Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Dato Sri Fa­timah Ab­dul­lah and Deputy State Sec­re­tary Datuk Jaul Samion.

Ugga h point e d out that of­fi­cers and per­son­nel who will be de­ployed a re f rom t he Malaysian Armed Forces (7,192), Civil De­fence Force ( 5,000), Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment ( 3,281), Royal Malaysia Po­lice ( 2,469), Peo­ple’s Vol­un­teer Corps (1,089), So­cial Wel fare Depart­ment (1,087) and Health Depart­ment (1,070).

He added that there is an in­crease of 4,091 of­fi­cers and per­son­nel this year from the 17,097 last year.

In terms of as­sets, the com­mit­tee has al­lo­cated five he­li­copters, 205 lor­ries, 472 four-wheel drive ve­hi­cles, 290 boats and 117 am­bu­lances from the var­i­ous de­part­ments and agen­cies which are also on standby.

The So­cial Wel­fare Depart­ment had made prepa­ra­tions to open 610 re­lief cen­tres across the state and 165 lo­gis­tics sup­pli­ers had been ap­pointed to pro­vide the best re­sponse when needed.

Ug­gah also said a to­tal of 12 for­ward bases at strate­gic places and three main stores or de­pots have been set up in Kuch­ing, Sa­ma­ra­han and Miri.

He pointed out that all Res­i­dents have been in­structed to ac­ti­vate flood op­er­a­tions rooms in their ar­eas, and that the leave of of­fi­cers and per­son­nel un­der the com­mit­tee shall be frozen with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas, State Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man

— Photo by Chi­mon Upon

Ug­gah (seated cen­tre), Fa­timah (seated left) and Jaul (seated right) to­gether with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and agen­cies dur­ing the press con­fer­ence at Wisma Bapa Malaysia yes­ter­day.

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