SEGAMAT: The Johor Social Welfare Department has sent its counselors to provide emotional support to the families of the three teenagers who drowned and five others still missing at Sungai Muar Friday morning.
"The families of the five missing boys are holding a vigil along the banks of the river and anxiously observing the search and rescue operations.
"We have sent our counselors to help them deal with this tragic incident," State Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Asiah Md Arif told reporters at the scene here on Saturday.
Asiah said the Johor state government has conveyed its deepest condolence to the families of the three boys whose bodies were discovered on Friday evening and also presented them with some aid for expenses.
Meanwhile, state Education deputy director Md Hamsidin Zaini said they would assist the families of the deceased boys, who were all from Taman Mewah here, to make their Takaful group insurance claims.
"The Johor Education Department has also asked the school authorities to have a meeting with the Parent-Teacher Association to assist the families," he said.
Search and rescue operations are still ongoing for the missing boys, Mohd Shafiq Mohd Syukur, 16, Mohd Hafizuddin Kamal, 16, Mohd Zaki Zaidi, 16, Mohd Izuan Hakimi, 16, and Mohd Nazreen Zainal, 14.
The bodies of two more teenagers from a group of eight that went missing along Sungai Muar near Buloh Kasap on Friday were recovered Saturday afternoon.- Bernama