PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry will head the coordination of post-flood assistance in Pahang with five other ministries to help the state government in seven flood-hit districts.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the ministry had set up a Pahang post-flood coordination committee following a decision of the Flood Crisis Management Special Meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.
“The mission will focus on cleaning up operations in flood stricken areas and the needs of flood victims after returning to their respective homes,” he told reporters after chairing a Pahang Post-Flood Coordination Meeting at his ministry yesterday.
He said the adopted districts by the various ministries are the Defence Ministry in Jerantut and Kuantan; Works Ministry (Temerloh); Natural Resources and Environment Ministry (Kuala Lipis); Human Resources Ministry (Maran); Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Pekan) and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry (Bera).
He said the division of districts to the various ministries was to ensure each ministry gave more focus to rehabilitate the assigned district.
“Nonetheless, the respective district officer is still the Post-Flood and Disaster Committee chairman and the ministry will support him on various efforts.
“Each ministry will continue to serve all flood-hit districts which require assistance,” he said.
Ismail Sabri said the responsibility of each ministry including purchasing equipment for cleaning up and providing basic amenities to flood victims to continue with their life after the disaster.
“For the time being, four districts have begun cleaning up operations namely Bera, Jerantut, Kuala Lipis and Temerloh as it is our standard operating procedure to start cleaning up as soon as flood victims return home,” he said.
The concept of the adopted state was practised in other flood affected states such as Education Ministry was assigned to assist Kelantan, Home Ministry in Perak, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry in Johor.
He also requested non-governmental organisation (NGO) volunteers who came from another state to report in each district so their presence would be recorded for tasks to be assigned.
“We need to know the strength of each team to optimise manpower distribution,” he said.