SOP observed at relief centres


Flood victims at a relief centre in SK Kampung Gembut, Tanjung Sedili, Kota Tinggi. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

FLOOD victims entering relief centres in Johor will have to observe strict Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone there.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said among the measures was requiring each victim to undergo health screening prior to being allowed into relief centres, which are in schools.

“Those with symptoms are separated from the others and given treatment.

“Each classroom will have a maximum of four families with each given a tent.

“The tents are about 3m apart to ensure there is a safe distance between families, ” he said, adding that each classroom would also be sanitised a few times daily.

Vidyananthan, who was speaking at a press conference at SMK Skudai, noted this was part of the guidelines during the recovery movement control order.

He said the elderly and persons with disabilities would also be placed in separate classrooms so that agency personnel could better tend to their needs.

“All of the food and drinks are packed and there will be no cooking allowed in the centres, to ensure maximum cleanliness of the facilities, ” he added.

Presently there are 68 relief centres statewide.

On the latest flood situation in Johor, Vidyananthan said there were almost 7,000 people from 1,854 families evacuated to relief centres in eight districts.

Kluang topped the list with 2,527 people from 691 families, followed by Kota Tinggi with 2,029 people from 514 families and Johor Baru with 1,279 people from 313 families, he said.

He added that eight roads had been closed to all vehicles due to floods in three districts — Johor Baru, Kota Tinggi and Kluang.

The closed roads in Kota Tinggi are Jalan Sungai Sungai Sayong (FT093), Jalan Tun Sri Lanang (J245), Jalan Semanggar (J224) and Jalan Mawai Lama (J172) while those in Kluang are Jalan Jemaluang-Batu Pahat (FT050) at Section 131 and 122, and section 101 of Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing (FT003).

There is only one street closed in Johor Baru --- Jalan Haji Suhud near Taman Muhibbah.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has issued a red alert indicating heavy rain in Mersing and continuous heavy rain in Segamat and Kluang.

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