All hands on deck for post-flood ops

PETALING JAYA: All government machinery has been asked to help in post-flood operations in Johor, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

He said the Finance Ministry had approved an additional allocation of RM150mil for this.

Anwar, who is also Finance Minister, said this was decided at the Cabinet meeting yesterday, which had focused on helping flood victims in Johor.

“The Cabinet gave priority to this issue and decided that all government machinery should be involved in the post-flood programmes and projects in Johor,” he told a press conference after the meeting.

Anwar said RM1,000 cash aid had been distributed to 16,167 households affected by the floods.

The government, he said, would continue assisting them through post-flood relief programmes.

“Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has gone to Johor to identify specific projects related to the floods.

“I have also asked Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari to provide assistance for the post-flood relief work in Johor,” he said.

Anwar urged non-governmental organisations, universities and volunteers to go to the ground and help the affected families as well.

“The post-flood operations now require many volunteers and basic needs and equipment like water jets. The government will help supply more of these necessities,” he said.

According to Anwar, 82,831 victims were moved to temporary relief centres (PPS) in Johor during the floods and 26,879 evacuees are still at 102 PPS in the state.

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