Distributing aid fairly to flood victims

Packed items: Volunteer Nur Fatiha Mohd Sabri, 16, packing essential items for flood victims at the Perak Umno building in Ipoh.

RESIDENTS living near flood-ravaged areas in Perak are advised not to be greedy when it comes to the distribution of supplies from the authorities.

Umno Welfare Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said he was aware that certain families are taking advantage of donation programmes.

“The floodwaters may have only reached ankle levels in their houses, keeping most of their essential household items intact.

“Thus, I urge them to be considerate of other flood victims, most of whom were forced to get on the roofs of their houses during the floods before being evacuated to safety.

“If it is not yours, please do not take these donated items at will,” he said during the bureau’s distribution event at the state Umno building on Wednesday.

Abdul Azeez added that the authorities should carry out detailed inspections to ensure that only eligible victims, who are registered with the Welfare Department, may receive the much-needed aid.

The distribution event saw to the accumulation of 3,500 sets of mattresses, pillows, gas stoves and gas cylinders as well as dry food supplies, ready for distribution to affected families at all flood-hit districts in the state.

The event was also attended by Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, Perak state secretary Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan, state executive councillors as well as Umno division chiefs and members.

In his speech, Dr Zambry, who is also state Umno chairman, said in addition to the contributed items by the party, the state government plans to increase the types of supplies donated to victims.

“We are looking to supply another 3,500 sets of kettles, rice cookers and other essential kitchen equipment to each affected house.

“This is so that families may return home to find a complete set of new equipment to replace the damaged ones,” he said.

Speaking in response to concerns raised over floodwaters subsiding slower than usual in the southern parts of Perak, Dr Zambry said the state government is currently working with the state Drainage and Irrigation Department to install a special pump to siphon out the residual water from the floods.

“The department has also begun its efforts to dig through several areas so that floodwaters can flow out easily,” he said.

Perak was among the states in Malaysia that was adversely affected by floods late December last year, with muddy water ravaging areas such as Kuala Kangsar, Perak Tengah, Lenggong, Kerian, Gerik, Bota, Parit and Sungai Siput.

The state had recorded more than 7,500 evacuees.

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