777 shelters can house 194,195 flood victims


ISKANDAR PUTERI: There are some 777 temporary relief centres with the capacity to provide shelter to a total of 194,195 flood victims statewide, says Khairin Nisa Ismail.

The state women, family and community development committee chairman said that this was based on data obtained from the state welfare department as of Sept 19 this year.

“Meanwhile, there are a total of 151 active temporary relief centres with the capacity to provide shelter to some 36,918 flood victims.

“The active relief centres refer to centres that have been opened frequently to house flood victims within a five-year period, starting from 2017,” she said during the state assembly sitting here yesterday.

She added that the state government is prepared to face the northeast monsoon, and this includes providing relief centres, logistics, food supplies, and updating the list of volunteers.

She said this in response to a question from Rashidah Ismail (BN-Parit Raja), who asked if the state welfare department has any plans to ensure they have ample manpower and resources to assist flood victims.

According to Khairin Nisa, as of November this year, some 457 officers and staffers had been stationed at 10 districts to assist flood victims.

“This includes those from the disaster unit, psychological support team, and volunteers.

“On top of that, another 413 personnel from the welfare department’s state headquarters and seven other state welfare institutions will also be on standby,” she said.

She also noted that the state government has also identified food and dried goods suppliers for victims seeking shelter at the centres.

“At the moment, we have 75 dried goods suppliers in Johor and 70 food suppliers providing hot meals,” she said.

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