| Faza Suraj |
THE Incident Command Post (ICP), which was set up at the Mukim Bukit Sawat Multi-Purpose Hall at Kg Sg Mau in Belait District, received a visit by officials from the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) yesterday.
Nohi Irwan Sukarki bin Haji Tawi, the Acting Commanding Officer of Operation Branch ‘B’ Belait of the Fire and Rescue Department, who is also the Incident Commander of ICP in Kg Sg Mau, said the visit aimed to identify the requirements needed in case of a flood and to take a closer look at the preparations made by the Belait District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) at the ICP.
He said the ICP is in a ‘monitoring phase’ as the floods were not only caused by heavy rains but also high tide. This meant that officials are keeping focus on the low-lying remote residential areas such as Kg Singap of Mukim Bukit Sawat and places which are located next to a river like Bukit Puan in Mukim Labi, he said in a presentation to the Director of NDMC, Colonel (Rtd) Pg Dato Paduka Hj Rosli bin Pg Hj Chuchu, during the visit.
“NDMC will also provide two 19ft long boats which can accommodate six passengers each to (reach the) Belait DDMC to assist us with any evacuation or to transport supplies to the flood-affected people.”
Noridah Hj Ishak, the Head of the Community Development Department (JAPEM), told the Bulletin that JAPEM normally uses information provided by the heads of flood-hit villages to identify the residents who need assistance, especially those who cannot travel to the town to get their own supplies for more than a week due to the floods.
The NDMC also presented the Belait DDMC with copies of the Basic Emergency and Public Safety Handbook for distribution to the public, especially residents in remote flood-prone areas.