Kapit and Song residents to get food aid

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will provide food assistance to residents in Kapit and Song districts, where a movement control order is in place until Feb 15.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said food baskets worth RM70 each would be delivered in stages starting tomorrow to an estimated 16,000 households in the two districts.

He said these include households in 268 longhouses in Kapit and 174 longhouses in Song, as well as those in Kapit town and Song bazaar.

“Movement is limited during the MCO period, so the state decided to provide food assistance to ease the people’s burden.

“The food baskets will include essential items like rice, sugar, flour, canned sardines, tea, coffee, cooking oil, biscuits and noodles, ” he told a press conference after chairing a food supply chain committee meeting here yesterday.

Awang Tengah said the Kapit division disaster management committee will work with government agencies, community leaders and village development and security committees to identify the recipients.

He said the committee would also coordinate the food distribution and decide on the necessary mode of transportation, whether land, river or air.

“As far as possible, all households in the affected districts will be given assistance.

“The committee will advise us if any area requires the use of helicopters to deliver the food, ” he said, adding that the total cost of the food items and transport was estimated to be RM1.42mil.

In Sibu division, which is also under MCO until Feb 14, Awang Tengah said food had been distributed to 36,805 households so far.

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