KEMAMAN – The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will allocate RM3 million to states facing floods this year.
Its minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the allocation covered providing basic necessities for the flood victims, replacing expired stocks and holding of training and flood disaster simulation programmes.
“Among the improvements made this year is that the relief centres will no longer solely be schools and community centres.
“Instead, JKM has diversified the venues, listing 73 large-capacity premises as relief centres, 2,131 schools and 3,004 community centres and halls which can altogether accommodate 1.56 million flood evacuees at any one time.”
Rohani said this to reporters after the launching of the National Preparedness Month 2016 by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, here, today.
She said the stocks of foodstuff and other necessities had been keep at five depots, namely at Bedong (in Kedah), Sungai Buloh (Selangor), Kemumin (Kelantan), Marang (Terengganu) and Muar (Johor).
“JKM has also set up 96 disaster stores and 569 forward bases at stategic locations to keep necessities for flood victims. In fact, JKM has also identified a number of big suppliers such as Tesco and Mydin in every state to assist in the event of insufficient stocks.
“One of the most important things and should also be focused on is counselling for the flood victims as they would be traumatised and depressed after having to evacuate their homes.
“This is especially so, for children, the sick and women…so far, we have 183 counsellors nationwide but the number is still inadequate.
“That is why we will mobilise more members of the Perwani 1Malaysia Community to help out by providing counselling to the flood victims, ” she said. – BERNAMA