Melaka Civil Defence Force ready for floods

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 31 Oct 2019

Children going about in a sampan in Kampung Belimbing Dalam, Durian Tunggal, Melaka after a downpour inundated the area. - Filepic

MELAKA: The Melaka Civil Defence Force (APM)’s staff and assets are prepared to face the northeast monsoon season, said its director Lt Col (PA) Effendy Ali

He said 150 members are ready to be mobilised to conduct operations should disaster strike and that another 200 support members will be mobilised to provide assistance at the disaster evacuation centres as well as after any disaster.He said assets such as trucks, ambulances and light rescue vehicles were ready to be put to use.

“The light aluminium boats and the inflatable boats are also ready to be used in the event of disasters.

“The public are advised to always be alert to their surroundings during the monsoon season and be prepared for three phases of disaster — before, during and after, ” he said.

He said the public must know the history of floods in their areas, check the water outlets or drains to make sure they are not clogged, be prepared to turn off the main electricity switch and water supply valve, find out about the disaster evacuation centres and keep their important documents or essential iitems including medicines in a bag, ready to be carried at any time.

He said the public should quickly report a disaster or emergency to the Melaka Tengah district APM Operations Control Centre at 06-232 4028, Alor Gajah (06-556 8010), Jasin (06-529 4619), Masjid Tanah (06-384 8184), Selandar (06-525 1309), Melaka State Disaster Operations Room (06-333 3333/06-232 2120) or emergency services line (999). — Bernama

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