The Selangor State Government will be deploying a disaster relief task force to Penang at 1pm today to assist with flood relief efforts.
State New Village Development and Legalising of Factories committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah said the task force, known as the Selangor PBT Pantas Team, was being sent at the request of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
“The task force is made up of 183 officers from 12 local authorities.
“They will be using 22 4WD trucks, five vans, eight lorries and two water tankers as well as being equipped with the necessary tools to help with post-flood cleaning.
“The decision to send the task force was made by Menteri Besar Azmin Ali as he believes the situation is very serious,” he said, during a press conference at the State Assembly.
On Friday, during the State Budget announcement, Azmin announced that Selangor has allocated RM1mil for the flood relief efforts in Penang.
Ean Yong also said the Selangor PBT Pantas Team will be assigned to Penang from today till Friday and its main focus would be transferring flood victims and cleaning up affected areas.
“The officers we are sending are very experienced in disaster-relief efforts as they have been involved in major disasters before such as the floods in Kelantan.
“After Nov 10, we will evaluate the situation and decide if the team is still needed in Penang,” he said.