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Published: Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 6:44:36 AM

Fire and Rescue Department ready for second wave of floods despite clear skies

PETALING JAYA: Although clear skies are forecast, the Fire and Rescue Department is leaving nothing to chance.

It is prepared for the possibility of another wave of floods in the east coast.

“We are on high alert and will remain so until after Chinese New Year when the risk abates,” said its director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Noh Ibrahim.

Devastating floods which hit Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Johor earlier this month claimed three lives and forced 40,000 people into flood-relief centres.

The Pahang Meteorological Department last Thursday issued a warning of a possible second wave due to high tides from today to Jan 6.

Wan Mohd Noh said they were ready for any eventuality and have learnt from their experiences during the first wave.

He said there were instances where rescuers were slow in reaching victims due to a breakdown in communication and this was compounded by many roads being blocked by stalled vehicles.

Power outages at some operation centres made it difficult for people to call in for help, he said.

He said cellular communication was also disrupted because there was no power supply to some transmission towers.

“Generators have been brought in to ensure uninterrupted power or communications,” he said.

The department has five helicopters in addition to rescue vehicles and boats on stand-by in peninsular Malaysia.

“We are ready to cancel all leave and mobilise our personnel from other states at a moment’s notice,” he said.

The Meteorological Services Department central forecast office said they expected mostly clear skies until tomorrow morning.

“No heavy rain has been forecast in any of the states in the next 48 hours,” a department spokesman said.

A Bernama report yesterday said that civil servants with housing loan accounts with the Treasury and who were affected by the recent floods can submit insurance claims.

The insurance covers damage to building structures such as walls, floors, roofs and ceilings.

More information can be found at http://bpp.treasury.gov.my or the flood helpdesk at 03-8880 2121.

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