The curent flood crisis currently raging through the peninsular east coast has cost Kelantan, the state worst hit by the rising waters, RM200 million.
Kelantan flood disaster management director Mustapa Mohamed said the estimate was only a tally of how much the state had lost in infratstructure in towns such as Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, Tanah Merah, Tumpat, Pasir Mas and the capital of Kota Bharu.
â€œThis is only a ballpark figure and we have yet to tabulate the losses of the victims. We are now compiling the full data on losses from them,”he said, as quoted by The Star Online.
â€œAt the same time, the victims need temporary shelter, especially for areas in Gua Musang and Kuala Krai, before school starts this year.”
Musa said his personnel would work overtime to set up temporary tents for flood evacuees.
â€œThe tents will be equipped with water, electricity and toilets,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, Kelantan Menteri Besar Ahmad Yaakob has said his state would need at least six months to fully recover from the devastation of the floods.
“We are in the midst of gathering data on the victims affected by the tragedy and will categorise them accordingly based on the losses and damages sustained. At the moment, we estimated that about 1,500 houses were completely destroyed,” he told Utusan Malaysia.
“About RM50,000 has been allocated to the local councils to clean up their respective areas as soon as possibile to avoid the spread of water-borne diseases,” he added.MYNEWSHUB