NGO: Get waterproof bags to keep vital items

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  • Thursday, 31 Oct 2019

IPOH: With the monsoon season picking up pace, those living in flood-prone areas have been urged to invest in at least one waterproof bag per household.

Global Environment Centre (GEC) river care programme manager Dr K. Kalithasan said having waterproof bags would greatly expedite the evacuation process, adding that it would be better if each household could have two waterproof bags.

“For the first bag, which we call the ‘grab bag’, should contain important documents, medications and other essential items.

“The second bag, known as 72H (72 hours), should have portable water containers, filters, snack and clothes that can last the victims for at least there days,” he said after the launch of a workshop on enhancing flood-resilience here yesterday.

State Public Facility, Infrastructure, Agriculture and Plantation Committee chairman Abdul Yunus Jamhari launched the two-day event which is jointly organised by the Malaysian Water Partnership and GEC.

Kalithasan said private companies could also sponsor such bags as part of their social corporate responsibility initiatives and distribute them before the monsoon season starts.

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