Sarawak Civil Defence Force preparing for floods due to northeast monsoon

Civil Defence Force personnel checking their assets in preparation for floods in Kuching. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: The Civil Defence Force (APM) is preparing for the eventuality of floods during the current northeast monsoon, with evacuation centres to follow strict Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Kuching district civil defence officer Kapt Madihi Habib said 88 evacuation centres had been identified in Kuching and SOPs put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

"Temperature checks will be done at the evacuation centres and anyone with symptoms will be referred to the health authorities for further action.

"We will also space out partitions for families at least one metre apart based on the capacity of the evacuation centres. If the number of flood victims exceeds the capacity, we will move them to the nearest evacuation centre," he said on Friday (Nov 20).

Madihi said 50 to 70 personnel and 20 officers would be on duty for operations during the monsoon season.

"In terms of flood operations, we will be involved in evacuating victims and providing humanitarian assistance together with other agencies," he said, adding that the Kuching APM's assets included a five-tonne lorry, eight boats, three ambulances and a four-wheel drive vehicle.

He also said the Kuching APM had held meetings with the divisional and district disaster management committees as part of their preparations to face floods, besides conducting exercises with other agencies.

"We have also carried out training, checked our equipment and got our logistics and manpower ready.

"In addition, we will work with the Sarawak Amateur Radio Emergency Services if there are communication problems during emergencies," he said.

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