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Published: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 9:52:08 AM

Fire and Rescue Department ready to wade in and help

Sad sight: The Sungai Limbong bridge in the Chukai town centre collapsed due to strong currents. — Bernama

Sad sight: The Sungai Limbong bridge in the Chukai town centre collapsed due to strong currents. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: The Fire and Rescue Department has launched a large-scale Ops Banjir (Flood Ops), mobilising more than 13,000 firemen nationwide to be deployed to flood-hit states, says director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim.

“All leave for firemen has been frozen. Our personnel will be on duty on 24-hour shifts for flood operations,” he said.

The department is working closely with other agencies and departments in coordinating rescue efforts in Terengganu, Pahang, Johor and Kelantan.

Wan Mohd Nor said yesterday that the department had adequate logistics, including 500 boats, more than 130 lorries and seven helicopters nationwide.

“We have already deployed five lorry-loads of personnel to Pahang,” he added.

Wan Mohd Nor also advised flood victims to follow evacuation orders issued by the authorities.

“Hesitation or delay in following such orders will jeopardise their safety.

“Please do not wait until the last minute to move to the evacuation centres,” he added.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Government had no intention to declare emergency in the states badly hit by floods.

“We have mobilised all of our assets to help the people,” he said at PWTC yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said that nearly 5,000 policemen, personnel from the Civil Defence Department and Rela have been rushed to the flood-hit areas in five states, while more than 400 boats of the police and Civil Defence are being used to evacuate victims.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said the National Registration Department had been directed to help issue replacement identification documents to victims.

“I have also asked the Immigration Department to issue replacement passports for free to victims who still had a valid passport. Only those with expired passports would need to pay,” he added.

Apart from agencies under the Home Ministry, other ministries involved in Ops Banjir are the Defence and Health ministries and the National Security Council.

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Tags / Keywords: Courts & Crime, fire and rescue department, wan mohd noor ibrahim, floods

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