KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama) – The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM) conducted 576 psychotherapy sessions on 15,284 victims affected by the flood disaster nationwide recently.
Its minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said out of the total victims, 14,995 were children and followed by 289 adults.
“To overcome depression among flood victims, we have also organised various activities in the form of religious lectures, recreation, sports or tuition to replicate a village atmosphere.
“This can turn their attention momentarily by not dwelling too much on their misfortune that can bring about feelings of stress and trauma,” she told reporters after an appreciation and donation presentation ceremony to the staff of departments and agencies involved as flood victims in Terengganu yesterday.
At the function, she presented donations, amounting to RM25,000, to staff of agencies under KPWKM affected by the floods, who were represented by Terengganu Social Welfare Department deputy director Shaballah Zainal Abidin. Also present was KPWKM secretary-general Datuk Sabariah Hassan.
According to Rohani, 91 intervention sessions and 2,357 psychological support sessions involving victims and personnel at relief centres in flood affected states were also conducted.
“Up till Jan 28, 101 psychology officers were involved in the handling of crisis intervention and psychological support to flood victims (adults and children) with 82 officers still on duty up till now,” she said.
For the record, a total of 536,673 flood victims from 135,175 families placed at 1,323 relief centres were recorded in flood affected states involving Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Perak, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.