Over 5k flood relief centres ready to house 1.5mil flood victims, says minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Over 5,000 temporary flood relief centres are ready to house over a million flood victims during the current northeast monsoon season, says Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said a total of 5,422 temporary relief centres have been prepared, and each is able to accommodate over 200 victims.

"This means that we have the capacity to house 1.55mil flood victims," he said when answering a question by Che Alias Hamid (PAS-Kemaman) in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Dec 1).

He added that 15,000 cubicle tents have been sent to the relief centres, with 26,000 more to be distributed in phases.

Redzuan said the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) had met with representatives from the state governments and agencies on Sept 28 to coordinate efforts to face the monsoon season between November and March.

"Among the early measures include channeling RM50,000 to the state disaster management committees, RM20,000 for the district committees and RM280,000 to the Civil Defence," he said.

So far, he said, 7,170 food kits have been distributed nationwide, with an additional 25,000 to be distributed in phases.

He added that Nadma and non-governmental organisations had also organised risk management training for some 14,264 participants via face-to-face and online training sessions.

He also assured lawmakers that flood preparedness is being done in compliance with Covid-19 SOPs to ensure that the virus will not spread at the centres.

He said this includes use of face masks and hand sanitisers, personal preventive equipment by frontliners, disinfectants and contact tracing.

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