KUALA LUMPUR – The National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) will distribute compassionate aid to the victims of the recent floods in Penang after getting the list of recipients from the State Disaster Management Committee, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said other aid, such as food starter kits, hygiene kits, mattresses and pillows had already been distributed to the victims.
“Also, separation screens were put up at flood relief centres for the privacy of the flood-victim families,” he said during the Ministers’ Question Time in the house.
Shahidan said 3,477 personnel of uniformed and non-uniformed agencies provided various aid, such as medicines, technical support and security control, to ensure the welfare of the victims was at its best.
Aid was also provided by non-governmental organisations from and outside Penang, besides by the corporate sector and individuals, he said.
He was replying to a question from Datuk Shabudin Yahaya (BN-Tasek Gelugor) who had sought an explanation over the recent massive floods in Penang despite the element of extraordinarily heavy rain and the high-tide phenomenon.
Shahidan said that as at Nov 7, the number of flood victims in the state was 7,680 people from 1,722 families, and they were housed at 71 relief centres.
He also said that hillside development and land reclamation in Penang had destroyed the eco-system and ecology of the state.
The drainage infrastructure, which was not upgraded in tandem with development, failed to accommodate the excess rainwater, he said.
“Seberang Perai was reserved for agriculture and the infrastructure there only catered to an agricultural drainage system, but the use of land for industrial and residential purposes changed the pattern of drainage use,” he said. – BERNAMA