KOTA BAHARU (Bernama) – The flood that swept across eight districts in Kelantan had damaged public assets and infrastructure with gross loss estimated at RM200 million so far, Kelantan Flood Disaster Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said.
However, he said the actual amount of loss would only be known after the disaster ended and it was expected to be much higher once all the relevant agencies submitted their respective reports.
“Yesterday, we receive an initial but incomplete estimation, including from the Public Work Department, saying more than RM100 million,” he told a press conference at the Flood Disaster Media Centre yesterday.
Besides, he said the Tenaga Nasional Berhad estimated loss of over RM10 million, Royal Malaysian Police (over RM8 million) and Syarikat Air Kelantan Sdn Bhd (over RM3 million), while the Kelantan Health Department estimated loss of over RM10 million in Kota Baharu alone.
Mustapa, who is International Trade and Industry Minister, said the federal and state governments would work closely in collecting details about the damaged properties and assets. While saying that the committee would also collect details about victims affected by the floods, Mustapa also admitted that it was a tough job.
He said the committee had also been deluged with post-flood suggestions from several quarters, including the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, about the construction of temporary settlement for the victims.
“The ministry proposed for the construction of cluster housing, like the one implemented in Japan, that could house 48 families in each house,” he said, adding that the temporary settlement for the victims would be the main priority of the government.
He said initial census showed that 516 houses in Gua Musang and 38 in Machang were totally destroyed by floods and the committee would take immediate action to help the families concerned.