Terengganu braces for floods, sends essential food items for victims on islands

Hanafiah (right) and Zuhami (left) checking on the process of sending essential items to Pulau Redang. —Bernama

KUALA TERENGGANU: A total of 6.4 tonnes of daily essentials including food items for flood victims have been delivered to Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian and Kampung Pasir Raja in Dungun.

Terengganu Social Welfare Department (SWD) director Zuhami Omar said the items were delivered in advance after the department took into account weather conditions and big waves along the route to the islands.

“The route to Kampung Pasir Raja in Dungun is often cut off when floods occur, which is why we send these items earlier for flood victims there.

“All these items are sufficient to meet the needs of flood victims for three to four days.

“If they are not enough, follow-up assistance will be sent according to the current situation, including using air transport when necessary, ” he said while witnessing the delivery process here.

Also present was state welfare, women and family development and national unity committee chairman Hanafiah Mat.

Among the items delivered were rice, sugar, milk, biscuits, cooking oil, salt and baby milk powder.

“The delivery of food supplies to Pulau Redang was done using the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency boat.

“The supplies can meet the needs of about 1,300 residents from 240 families living on the island, ” said Zuhami.

Terengganu has one storage depot, 17 mini depots and 152 front bases.

So far, a total of 568 temporary evacuation centres have been identified statewide to accommodate 135,000 flood victims. — Bernama

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