48 flood-affected families get aid

Izah Azahari

Financial assistance given to 48 families affected by floods include 38 households in 18 villages within Brunei-Muara District, as well as 10 households in eight villages within Temburong District.

This was highlighted by Acting Deputy Director of the Community Development Department (JAPEM) Mirany Floridzah binti Abdul Rahman, during a ceremony to hand over aid for flood victims held by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) yesterday.

“The Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, is always concerned about the welfare and well-being of His Majesty’s subjects, especially those affected by disaster, which is clearly evident by the assistance extended and provided by His Majesty’s Government to disaster victims, not only in the form of ‘in-kind’ assistance such as food, beverages, basic necessities and temporary shelter, but also financial assistance extended to eligible victims, to help alleviate the burdens and hardships they face,” she said.

Mirany Floridzah added, “But we need to understand that the financial assistance provided by the government is not merely to compensate for damages or loss of property due to disaster, but to help alleviate the hardship faced by the victims.”

A total of BND24,000 was handed by Permanent Secretary (Community and Culture) at the MCYS Hajah Nor Ashikin binti Haji Johari to the heads of the affected families.

Also present were Deputy Permanent Secretary (Community) at the MCYS Saidah binti Haji Wahid and Acting Temburong District Officer Pengiran Muhammad Ameer Mubarak bin Pengiran Haji Hashim.

The families affected by the November 27-28, 2020 floods reside in Mukim Batu Apoi and Mukim Amo of Temburong District, which include Kampong Sungai Radang, Kampong Simbatang, Kampong Rupan, Kampong Peliunan, Kampong Batu Apoi and Kampong Parit, while the January 12-16, 2021 floods impacted those in Mukim Lumapas, Mukim Kilanas, Mukim Sengkurong, Mukim Serasa, Mukim Pengkalan Batu, Mukim Kota Batu and Mukim Berakas ‘B’ of Brunei-Muara District.

ABOVE & BELOW: Permanent Secretary (Community and Culture) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Hajah Nor Ashikin binti Haji Johari hands out donations to heads of affected families. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR