Fire Dept keeping a close eye on potential floods


JOHOR BARU: The Johor Fire and Rescue Department will be closely monitoring weather reports as part of preparations for floods in the state.

Its deputy director Pauzan Ahmad said besides monitoring the Meteorological Department portal, they would also check the Drainage and Irrigation Department and Works Department portals.

“We have a team to look at these portals round the clock, especially with the current unpredictable weather resulting in floods.

“If these portals issue an early warning, then we are able to carry out preparations and check on possible landslides or increase in water levels in rivers,” he said.

Pauzan said they had been taking the necessary action since early this year by constantly making sure its assets such as boats and life jackets were in working order.

He added that it was important as Johor had been hit by several flash floods in the last few months.

“We have been inspecting flood-prone areas to make sure that rescue operations could be activated once floods occur,” he said.

Pauzan urged residents living in flood-prone areas to make early preparations such as putting important documents in transparent plastic bags to bring along to relief centres.

He said they should also place their belongings on higher ground.“They should ensure all the windows and doors are shut including covering any gaps to avoid pests from entering,” he said.

Pauzan also reminded parents not to bring their children to coastal areas and beaches in view of the unpredictable weather.

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