Need for more efficient disaster alert system, says minister

PADANG BESAR (Bernama) – Malaysia’s early disaster warning system needs to be updated to raise the level of preparedness.

Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said a faster and more effective system for detecting disasters would enable the authorities to be more prepared in dealing with emergencies.

“I was told that during the recent incident (storm) in Langkawi, the warning was given after it had happened and following that (the storm hit) Perlis. So the existing system needs to be fast and more efficient to detect disasters that are going to occur.

“The storm that lashed through Langkawi at 8pm last Friday was its worst. If the existing system was able to detect the warning signs earlier, perhaps the extent of damage could have been reduced,” she told reporters yesterday.

Earlier, she visited several houses damaged by strong winds and heavy rains which also wreaked havoc in Perlis on the same day.

Rina also attended a special disaster briefing given by state secretary Azman Mohd Yusof at the Perlis Civil Defence Force operations room.

Malaysia’s Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun listens to special disaster briefing by Perlis state secretary Azman Mohd Yusof at the Perlis Civil Defence Force operations room. – BERNAMA