MORE than 70,000 personnel are on standby to help in flood relief operations in view of the monsoon season, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
“A total of 78,612 personnel from first-responder agencies such as police, Civil Defence Force and Fire and Rescue Department have been activated to help in flood rescue and relief operations,” she said to a question by Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS-Rantau Panjang).
Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said all leave of personnel on duty had been frozen until Dec 31.
“However, the freeze may be extended till March next year, depending on the flood situation in respective states,” she added.
Dr Wan Azizah said that so far, 1,080 out of 5,448 flood relief centres had been activated.
“Five storage depots, 165 stores and 581 forward bases have also been stocked up with food and basic necessities,” she added.
She said 1,454 four-wheel-drive vehicles, 1,138 boats and amphibious crafts and 425 ambulances would be deployed.
“We have also put on standby 15 air assets, including helicopters,” she said.
Dr Wan Azizah said she had visited Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang to check on early flood warning siren systems.
“We are also in negotiations with telco operators to send out flood warning messages,” she said.
Dr Wan Azizah also added that a sum of RM1.74mil had been set aside for expenditures by state and district flood operation secretariats.