TO ALLEVIATE the plight of flood victims in the east coast, MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture mobilised manpower from its Tunnelling Training Academy (TTA) and heavy equipment to help clean up hard-hit areas.
MMC-Gamuda JV deployed a 12-wheeler lorry, two backhoes, back pusher, portable generator, electrical water pump, lorry water bowser, water sprinkler and four-wheel vehicles to the remote Kampung Kerinting and Kampung Batu Papan in Gua Musang, Kelantan — complemented by a team of TTA graduates who had just completed their KVMRT underground works in the Klang Valley — to clear the area of damaged household items, garbage and mud.
The clean-up work was carried out in collaboration with Gua Musang district officer Zainol Ismail and the Red Crescent Society.
The TTA crew and certified plant operators skilled to man the heavy machinery helped flatten muddy roads, remove rubbish pile-ups, clear clogged drains and reinstate access to schools, markets and commercial areas, so that essential community services could be restored as quickly as possible.
MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd Construction general manager Ubull Din Om, who led the team, said there were several teams sent to different areas at the same time to assist the local communities to get back on their feet.
“The recent floods have devastated thousands of families in the east coast and we are committed to help them recover.
“With our machinery in place, we have teams working in various areas simultaneously.
“We have arranged for appropriate equipment to be mobilised for cleaning works, in particular, hard-to-reach areas.
“We also strive to ensure efficient use of resources and volunteer time.
“A recce team was sent earlier to Gua Musang to identify and assess sites that require urgent help.
“Some areas didn’t have clean water supply and electricity, hence we brought along our water pump for cleaning purposes.
“With the right equipment and manpower, much can be done, in a shorter time,” said Ubull.
On Jan 3, a team of Gamuda Group volunteers were sent to Kuala Krai, Kelantan, to distribute basic necessities such as food and water to flood victims in remote villages, relief centres and schools.
Gamuda Group also sent volunteers and machinery on Jan 10 and 11 to clean up SM Agama Al-Wosto in Kampung Berhala Gantang, Temerloh, Pahang, located next to the Pahang River which overflowed. The school was partially submerged in floodwater for five days, six nights, with the water rising to 1.4m.
Together with other volunteers from government and private organisations, the Gamuda Group volunteers cleaned the school’s male and female dormitories, compound, living skills workshop and erected the zinc barriers of the female toilet, among others.
The team also extended their relief work to the residential areas in the vicinity of Kampong Berhala Gantang, outside the school.
The entire team of volunteers for the flood relief operations from MMC-Gamuda JV and Gamuda Group in Kelantan and Pahang numbered more than 170.