KUALA KRAI (Bernama) – The management at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Keroh which is a temporary flood relief centre has started rationing food provided at the centre as a precautionary measure, considering the risk of losing food supply was high, since the main roads continue to be flooded.
Kampung Keroh Committee and Development chairman Mat Taib Mohamad, 72, said although the food supply was currently sufficient, the decision was taken as a precautionary measure because the number of victims was expected to rise.
“The food is available, but for the long-term, we need to be careful. This is because our supply normally come from the Kuala Krai Public Welfare Department, but now, the road leading there has also been cut off.
“And as of now, the number of victims has increased because areas which were never flooded before have also been affected by the floods. The flood this time is really unusual,” he told Bernama.
Commenting further, Mat Taib said the committee would give out coupons to the families according to the database of victims recorded.
Mat Taib said the coupons would display the number of members in each family so that food supply could be distributed accordingly. A housewife who only wished to be known as Kak Wan, 30, informed that some of the women who were tasked with preparing and distributing food were divided into three groups, each one handling one of the three meals a day.
“We follow three shifts, so that we can save time and energy, because cooking for more than 100 families is tiring. But we accept this as a duty given to us by God.
“Currently, we only cook rice in four or five pots, and the breakfast menu is fried rice, lunch is white rice with fried chicken, and at night we cook sardine and egg. This depends on the supply that we have,” she said.
According to the state government’s flood portal, the number of victims in Kuala Krai yesterday had reached 4,864 people who were receiving shelter in 39 relief centres.
Meanwhile, Kuala Krai Public Welfare Department officer Zulbahri Ibrahim said his department was facing difficulty in distributing food supply to several relief centres which have been cut off due to the rise in water level.
Although the flood situation this time was challenging, he said the department was trying its best to utilise all its logistic means.
“Since last night, I and a few other officers have been trying to find alternative ways to send supplies but it’s difficult. We only have a limited number of boats, and the water is also flowing rapidly which is risky for us.
“What we hope is that the higher authorities can help us to send aid using helicopters. That is all that can be done for now,” he said.
A private medical clinic assistant from Bagan Serai, Perak, Razali Manaf said he and his family had actually come there to visit his mother-in-law but never expected the village to be flooded.
“But we never expected it would happen this time. Now, my family and I have been taking shelter here (SMK Keroh) for three days,” he added.