10,000 Orang Asli in Gua Musang cut off by landslide and heavy floods


GUA MUSANG: About 10,000 members of the Temiar tribe in this district have been cut off from the outside world since last Friday after the Kuala Betis-Gua Musang road was made inaccessible due to a landslide, collapsed bridge and floods.

Galas assemblyman Mohd Syahbuddin Hashim said the Orang Asli tribes members were from the Pos Tohoi, Pos Bihai, Pos Belatim, Pos Balar, Pos Gob, Pos Simpor, and Kuala Betis settlements.

“Two temporary relief centres (PPS) have been opened in Kuala Betis since Sunday to accommodate about 100 members who were affected,” he told reporters here today, according to Bernama.

Mohd Syahbuddin said Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) heavy lorries bearing food and other necessities from the Social Welfare Department (JKM) have also been sent into the settlements.

“We are continuously monitoring the situation with the authorities to ensure that these supplies reach the affected households,” he said.

One resident, Roma Manan from Kampung Jenot, said besides moving to a nearby relief centre, residents also sought refuge on a hill in Kampung Lambok, Kuala Betis.

“The Orang Asli living near the Betis River have made early preparations to build shelter houses on the hill. Since the rain did not stop yesterday, they have all started moving there,” he said.

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