Floods: RM1,000 initial aid for each affected family in Baling

Mohammad Anuar (centre, blue vest) with the rescue team retrieving the body of flood victim Mohd Khairul Ikhwan. The PM's political secretary said initial aid has been channelled to about 100 Baling families affected by the flash floods. – Bernamapic

BALING: The Federal Government is channelling initial assistance of RM1,000 to each family affected by Monday's (July 4) flash floods here, while RM10,000 will be given to families that lost loved ones in the incident.

Political secretary to the Prime Minister Datuk Mohammad Anuar Mohd Yunus said that so far, the initial aid had been channelled to more than 100 families housed at several temporary relief centres here.

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"Home repair assistance will be managed by the government later. For those who lost their homes, the government will discuss the matter with the Rural Development Ministry,” he told reporters when visiting a relief centre at SMKJerai here on Tuesday (July 5).

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had also instructed all agencies involved such as the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) and Rural Development Ministry to go down to the ground to observe the situation.

"They (the agencies) have been asked to give the report to the Prime Minister so that aid can be channelled immediately to those affected,” he said.

Meanwhile, Baling Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said the district had never experienced such severe flooding in the last 100 years and therefore, the relevant authorities needed to look into factors that contributed to the incident.

"We leave this matter to the government, especially the Environment and Water Ministry, the Irrigation and Drainage Department, Nadma, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the ICU,” he said.

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The bodies of three family members who were reported missing in the floods and water surge phenomenon that hit Kampung Iboi, Kupang here on Monday were found by the rescue team at 9.30am and 11.55am Tuesday.

Salmah Mat Akib, 53, and her daughter-in-law Nurul Anis Abu Hassan, 23, who was four months pregnant, were found embracing each other under a pile of logs.

The bodies were found about 100m from their house, which was washed away by floods.

The body of the third victim, Khairul Ikhwan Nor Azman, 14, who was Salmah’s son, was found not far from the location where the two bodies were found earlier. – Bernama

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