‘Delay in aid to storm victims not intentional’


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019

Much to rebuild: Buildings left damaged in the aftermath of Typhoon Lekima in Sabak Bernam.

SHAH ALAM: The delay in providing assistance to residents in Sabak Bernam affected by the storm unleashed from Typhoon Lekima is unintentional, said Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.

The state government and its agencies, he said, were doing their best to provide further assistance to the storm victims.

“The assistance for home repairs was delayed as it involved about 500 houses damaged by the storm and so the cost would be big too, ” he told reporters during the Selangor Budget 2020 dialogue session here yesterday.

The state government, he said, sympathised with the plight of victims, and would do its best to address their problems.

“We are willing to accept criticisms. However, please be considerate to our officials, too, because the number of houses for them to manage is not small, ” he said.

The provision of the assistance, said Amirudin, was expected to be completed within three weeks or a month.

“The important aspect in disaster management would be coordination.

“Selangor is more advanced than some other states because we have a unit as well as specialised personnel in disaster management, ” he said.

About 500 houses in the district, including the Sungai Besar and Sekinchan areas, were damaged by the storm.

He said the state government and its agencies were doing their best to provide further assistance to storm victims.

He said the state government sympathised with the plight and would be doing its best to address the problems faced by the victims.

He said the assistance to repair the houses damaged by the storm was expected to be completed within three weeks or a month.

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