RANTAU PANJANG: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Thursday announced RM500 in aid for every flood-hit household that has moved to an official relief centre.
He said he had instructed the National Security Council (NSC) to handle the matter and give out the aid quickly.
The aid was to ease the financial burden of the households following the natural disaster and it was a continuation of such assistance given out over the past two years, he said after visiting the flood relief centre at SRK Gual Tinggi, here.
Muhyiddin was accompanied by his wife, Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman, and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, who is the MP for Jeli.
Floods have forced the evacuation of thousands in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.
Muhyiddin said the RM500 aid would be given only to households which evacuated to official relief centres and registered with the Social Welfare Department.
People who suffered damage or destruction to agricultural produce, including livestock, would have to contact the Agriculture Department to evaluate their loss, he added.
"Such evaluation is important to avert the past situation where farmers claimed huge losses when the damage or destruction was only small," he said.
People who suffered damage to property, such as houses, would have allocations for repair handled by the Umno liaison committee, such as in Kelantan, through the compassionate fund.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said the decision to postpone classes at schools used as flood relief centres would be made only by the respective state education departments.
Meanwhile, the situation in flood-hit areas of the east coast states has improved, with more than 4,000 evacuees allowed to return to their homes by 9am Thursday.
Some 15,674 evacuees were still at relief centres in the three states as at 9am, compared with 19,958 Wednesday night. - Bernama