RM1k for each family hit by recent Baling floods

Cleaning up: Residents carrying mud-covered furniture out of their home after they were hit by floods in Kampung Teluk Sanau, Batu 7, Baling. — Bernama

ALOR SETAR: Flood victims from nine villages in Baling are getting RM1,000 cash assistance per family from the government, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor.

Muhammad Sanusi said the assistance will be channelled from the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) and will be distributed to each family affected by the incident.

“The flood assistance will be distributed by Nadma, but it will not be immediate, the victims have to apply for it,” he said yesterday.

He said those affected in the recent Baling floods must follow certain procedures, such as lodging police reports.

He said copies of the police reports must be sent to the District Office or state Social Welfare Department, which would conduct the census report.

A total of 57 houses from nine villages in Baling were submerged after continuous rain for about an hour from 6pm on Tuesday caused Sungai Baling to spill out of its banks.

The villages affected were Kampung, Kampung Bendang Sera, Kampung Batu, Kampung Teluk Sanau, Kampung Lubuk Pedati and Kampung Seberang Watt in Baling.

Another two villages in Bakai that were affected were Kampung Jernang and Kampung Seratus, while Kampung Tanjung Langsat in Siong suffered the same fate.

Two temporary relief centres at SK Tunku Puan Habsah and Tun Abdul Razak Hall closed on Thursday after all victims were allowed to return home.

This is the third time these villages were flooded in Baling.

On July 4, heavy rain brought a deluge that destroyed over 85 homes and killed at least three.

Villagers asserted that the surge of muddy water had come gushing down from a mountain about 800m above them, the peak of which was cleared for a Musang King durian planting project that was halted in 2020 after the jungle at the mountain top was cleared.

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