Aid for natural disaster victims

THE Selangor Government will be spending more than RM3mil to repair houses damaged by heavy rain and thunderstorm in the state.

State welfare committee chairman Rodziah Ismail said the money would be used to repair nearly 2,500 houses with heavy and minor damage.

She said the aid varied from case to case based on the extent of the damage incurred.

“We have spent up to RM25,000 each to repair or rebuild some of the houses that are completely damaged,’’ she said, adding that initially the state executive council approved RM1mil for the aid.

“However, it decided to top up with another RM2mil in anticipation of bad weather in Selangor till the end of the month.

Rodziah said that according to the State Meteorological Department, several areas were expected to experience downpours and thunderstorms.

“The identified areas include Selat Klang, Tanjung Karang, Sungai Panjang, Sungai Besar, Sabak Bernam and certain parts of Ampang.

“We hope people living in these areas will take the necessary precautions,’’ she said, adding that the various district offices and the natural disaster committees were monitoring the situation very closely.

Rodziah said they were grateful that no casualties had been reported so far.

In the most recent incident lastSunday, Rodziah said a total of 49 houses from seven villages in Sungai Besar were damaged.

She said Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and several of the exco members would be visiting the areas this week.

“We are very concerned and will be doing everything possible to ease the burden of the victims,’’ she added.

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