TEMERLOH: Pahang MIC has set up mobile teams on the ground to help flood victims in seeking assistance from the authorities.
State MIC chairman Senator Datuk R. Goonasakaren said they would be compiling information on the number of affected villagers from the community and amount of losses suffered.
Goonasakaren said priority would be given to those who were not very literate to help them submit applications for assistance from the relevant authorities.
“We would also try to assist residents whose important documents were damaged at the height of the floods to reapply for new ones.
“Our members are already on the ground doing their work and giving out aid donated by organisations such as Tamil Youths Bell Club and other state party liaison committees,” he told StarMetro.
Goonasakaren, who is the Bera MIC division chief and special officer to Pahang Mentri Besar (Indian affairs), said besides giving assistance to flood victims, they also handed out aid to orphans, single mothers and senior citizens.
He said meetings would be held with village chiefs and security and development committees to find out their pressing problems and needs.
“We also conducted several gotong-royong activities in badly affected villages in Kuala Krau and Kerdau to clean up the areas.
“This is a national tragedy and the people need assistance from all quarters,” he said, while expressing gratitude to volunteers, companies and non-governmental organisations for coming down to Pahang to provide assistance in cash and kind.
Meanwhile in Maran, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam praised all health personnel who upheld their work responsibilities despite some of them were also floods victims.
Subramaniam said at the height of the floods, several health clinics were flooded but services were not affected.
“Their sacrifices in attending to the medical needs of the people are very much appreciated.
“During the recent floods, all medical personnel knew they are needed on the ground to conduct health checks and prevent any spread of infectious water-borne diseases,” he said, adding that some flooded areas needed more attention as there was a disruption in water and electricity supply.
Subramaniam, who is also Health Minister, said he was informed that due to work commitments, many health personnel had to leave behind their family members who were also affected by the floods.
He said despite the floods having fully receded, the surroundings still needed to be monitored closely as the aged and children were susceptible to illnesses due to the presence of dust particles and mud.