Immediate gov't aid for Janda Baik flash flood victims

PUTRAJAYA: The government will channel immediate assistance to 160 families affected by flash floods in Janda Baik, Pahang, to help the victims undertake cleaning and repair works, says Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali.

Mohd Zuki went to the flood-hit location on Thursday (May 12) to extend assistance of RM1,000 to each victim.

"I have also instructed all agencies involved in disaster management to provide a holistic solution related to this disaster, including short-, medium- and long-term plans," he said on his official Facebook page.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, through his official Facebook page today, said Mohd Zuki would represent him to deliver emergency aid from the government as he is currently in the United States to attend the ASEAN-US Special Summit in Washington.

The field trip to Janda Baik was also attended by representatives from several agencies including the director-general of the Implementation Coordination Unit of the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Ruji Ubi, director-general of the National Disaster Management Agency Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim, Pahang police chief Datuk Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf and director-general of the Drainage and Irrigation Department Datuk Dr Md Nasir Md Noh.

Mohd Zuki also expressed his appreciation to security forces and rescue personnel for their swift action in rescuing the victims.

"Let us all pray that this disaster will pass soon and will not recur," he said.

Continuous heavy rain since 3am on Wednesday (May 11) caused flash floods and landslides in Janda Baik, affecting more than 140 houses in Kampung Sum-Sum, Kampung Lampin, Kampung Cheringin and Kampung Pulau Santap. - Bernama

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