KUALA LUMPUR – Extremely high water levels along with strong currents and bad weather are hampering efforts to reach flood victims and send them aid, but authorities will keep trying, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Najib in a statement on Thursday said he had been informed of the latest developments and has been in touch with his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is the chairman of the National Disaster Management Committee.
â€œI have been in touch and have discussed with Muhyiddin to increase efforts to help flood victims especially those in badly hit and high-risk areas.
â€œI have also asked him to step up operations to send food aid due to the difficulties in reaching certain flood-hit areas,â€ said Najib.
The Prime Minister explained that among the main reasons why rescuers were facing problems relocating some of the victims and to send them food was because the water level was too high.
â€œThere are strong water currents in some area which are dangerous for vehicles and rescue boats while some evacuation centres have also been inundated by floodwaters.â€
Najib said efforts to send aid by helicopter was being hampered at times by bad weather.
In some areas the helicopters had no place to land, as there were no suitable locations close to the evacuation centres.
Najib expressed his faith and confidence in the rescue teams made up of personnel from various government agencies as well as volunteers who were working hard to help as best they could.
They were trying to find ways to get to the hard-to-reach evacuation centres to distribute aid, said the Najib.
â€œThe Government will ensure that all efforts will be done to help all victims affected by the floods which is a major challenge,â€ he said. – The Star