KUCHING (Bernama) – Sarawak has put on standby 3,417 personnel from the relevant government departments and agencies to face any eventuality of floods during the monsoon season.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang said the agencies involved were the military, police, Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Department, Health Ministry, Public Works Department and Sarawak Rivers’ Board.
“In terms of logistics, government assets to be deployed in rescue missions during the floods are 239 lorries, 178 four-wheel-drive vehicles, 298 boats, three helicopters, one Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) CN235 aircraft and three jet skis,” he told a news conference after chairing the State Disaster Management Committee meeting yesterday.
He said yesterday’s meeting had received reports from all the Resident Offices and government agencies involved in managing flood disasters in Sarawak.
Meanwhile the Social Welfare Department had also prepared 21 forward bases and 651 evacuation centres in various locations statewide, he said.
Jabu said 128 suppliers were appointed throughout the state to supply food items to flood victims.
According to the Meteorological Department, the Northeast monsoon which began last Nov 7, was expected to bring heavy rains that caused floods in the western part of Sarawak and Sabah from January to March next year, he said.
Hence, he reminded residents in flood prone areas to be constantly vigilant of their surroundings and any flood warnings from the relevant authorites.
In the event of floods, victims were asked to immediately report the incidents to the relevant authorities and take appropriate steps to save themselves and their families, that included moving to evacuation centres being provided, he said.
The public were also urged to utilise the portals relating to floods provided by the departments and agencies to get updates in their respective areas.a