IPOH: Malaysians need to keep watch of their family members, especially small children, during the current monsoon season, urges the Perak Mentri Besar.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said recent downpours have caused floods in several areas, and this should not be taken lightly.
"I would like to remind people that a flood is not a festival to play with water. Parents need to monitor their family, especially small children.
"Families in high-risk areas need to make early preparations, to face any possibility, and to adhere to instructions to relocate if asked to do so by the authorities.
“Always be vigilant (and be alert to) warnings on heavy rainfall and strong winds issued on social and mass media," he said in a recorded video reminder on Wednesday (Nov 25).
A 10-year-old boy was swept away and believed to have drowned after falling into Sungai Chepor Dalam on Tuesday (Nov 24) morning.
The boy is believed to have been playing with friends near the river and was swept away by the strong current.
The state Fire and Rescue Department resumed its search operations at 8.30am Wednesday by widening the search area within a 2km radius from where the boy had gone missing.
Faizal said the amount of rainfall had been out of the ordinary in several areas, causing floods.
"In Kerian, some 60ml of rainfall was recorded on Nov 21, compared to the average daily of 7ml. It's about nine times more than normal," he said.
He said among the districts affected by floods were Kerian, Hilir Perak, Larut, Matang and Selama and Kinta.
"Floods have hit several areas, including Kuala Sepetang, Ijok, Changkat Jong, Gunung Semanggol, Kubu Gajah and Langkap.
"All relevant agencies are prepared to assist victims and we also welcome help from individuals or the corporate sector.
"Monetary donations can go to our state disaster fund while basic necessities can be donated to the respective district offices," he added.
Faizal also reminded people, especially flood victims, that they must continue to adhere to Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).
"Even if we are facing floods, we must not be lax and must observe SOPs.
"We understand that the economy must continue so we should do things responsibly.
"Don't let Covid-19 control us and we take care of ourselves," he added.
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