Aid for flood victims

KELAB Putra 1Malaysia delivered aid for flood victims in Kuala Dipang in the form of foodstuff and hygiene essentials including towels, toothbrushes and sanitary napkins.

Its president Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said the club is representing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak to assist the flood victims.

“The foodstuff is sufficient to feed 1,300 people for at least two days.

“The club would also reach out to affected villages and make sure their needs are met,” said Abdul Azeez.

He was speaking to reporters after leading a convoy bearing the aid to SMK Kampar school hall and Dewan Pulau Bergading near Malim Nawar, which were the relief centres.

Abdul Azeez said the club would also conduct a gotong-royong with Barisan Nasional Youth members and the villagers once the floodwater receded.

He also gave assurance to the villagers that the state government and various federal agencies would go all out to help them.

At the same time, State Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the registered number of people seeking shelter at relief centres have dropped to about 528 and 307 at SMK Kampar school hall and Dewan Pulau Bergading respectively.

“Many have returned home to retrieve their personal belongings and assess the condition of their home,” said Dr Mah, who had been going around the villages to assess the situation.

Among those who met up with Dr Mah was housewife Nurhaneyza Sabran and her family.

They had not move into the relief centres for fear that their belongings in the house would be stolen.

“Thankfully, some of our neighbours who were not affected by the flood provided us with temporary shelter.

“We hope the government can provide us with clean water supply so we can start cleaning the house,” said Nurhaneyza, adding that assistance in the form of manpower would also help.

She also thanked Dr Mah who gave RM600 on the spot to a few families for them to buy food as they had no means to cook.

Kampar Hospital gardener Abdul Talib Busu, 41, was seen pushing his mud-stricken scooter with the help of a neighbour.

“I have to bring it to a workshop some 2km away as the engine is completely covered with mud.

“I also have a van but it’s still partially submerged in water,” said Abdul Talib, who was given a week’s off by the hospital.

Air Kuning assemblyman Datuk Samsuddin Abu Hassan had arranged for National Service Training Programme (PLKN) trainees in Gopeng and Chenderiang to assist the flood victims.

The level of floodwater around Kuala Dipang remained high due to heavy rain on Thursday night that lasted for over five hours.

Yesterday, it rained again in the afternoon from 2.30pm.

It was reported on Thurday that more than 1,140 people had been evacuated from seven villages around Kuala Dipang after their homes were flooded following heavy overnight rain.

The affected villages were Kampung Baru Kuala Dipang, Kampung Kuala Dipang, Kampung Melaya, Kampung Batu 20, Kampung Pisang, Kampung Pasir and Kampung Nyior.

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