KOTA KINABALU: The number of flood victims in Kota Belud as at 3.30pm yesterday was 1,519, according to the Malaysian Civil Defence Force.
It said in a statement that seven evacuation centres were currently in operation.
They are Dewan Masyarakat Tun Said, Dewan Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Agama Tun Said, Dewan SMK Taun Gusi 1, Dewan SMK Taun Gusi 2, Dewan Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Taun Gusi, Dewan Muhibah Tombol as well as Dewan SK Pekan.
“One centre, Dewan Gopog Taginambur, was closed yesterday as the floodwaters have been receding,” it said.
Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said a total of RM422.4mil has been allocated through the National Disaster Relief Trust Fund to face floods in the country since 2008 until the end of this year.
He said the assistance for flood victim management included building new permanent homes for victims whose houses were damaged.
“To date, out of the total allocation, RM101.63mil had been utilised for floods in Kelantan, RM52.9mil in Terengganu and RM55.85mil in Pahang.
“In addition, RM113mil was used for the construction of 1,384 new permanent houses to flood victims nationwide,” he said in Parliament yesterday.
“The Government will also ensure disaster response is coordinated effectively.
“To achieve this, the Government is focusing on training and workshops involving relevant officers to operate the disaster control centre and the incident scene control centre,” he said.
The Government had also intensified disaster preparedness measures, he further added.