RMAF airlifts rations to flood victims in Beluran


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  • Thursday, 25 Dec 2003

KOTA KINABALU: The Royal Malaysian Air Force was called in yesterday to assist in airlifting rations to flood victims in the east coast Beluran district, while the situation remains critical in the Kinabatangan area. 

Beluran MP Ronald Kiandee said an Air Force helicopter carried supplies to some 353 people who have moved to relief centres after their kampungs were hit by floods caused by the continuing monsoon rains since early this month. 

“They only managed to leave at around 3pm as bad weather hampered the relief operations,” he said when contacted in Beluran. 

He said most of the victims – who were from Kg Sungai (235 people), Kg Simpangan (112) and Perancangan (six) – have been moved to relief centres or higher grounds. 

In Kinabatangan, 1,500 people remain affected as the water level in the Sungai Kinabatangan stayed at 13.15m, above the 13m danger level, yesterday. 

District officer Abdul Latiff Kandoh said that the authorities were continuing to monitor the situation. Temporary food relief were being distributed by political parties, and government relief was expected to begin soon.  

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