Minister says govt has prepared 5,422 temporary evacuation centres to accommodate up to 1.55 million flood evacuees

Flood victims rest at a temporary evacuation centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Parit Gantong in Jasin November 30, 2020. — Bernama pic
Flood victims rest at a temporary evacuation centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Parit Gantong in Jasin November 30, 2020. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 — A total of 5,422 temporary evacuation centres (PPS), capable of accommodating up to 1.55 million people, have been prepared to face the floods during the monsoon season, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said each PPS could house at least 200 flood victims at any one time.

He also said that the staff at the PPS were also prepared with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Security Council (MKN) to address the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic among evacuees placed at the centres.

“The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) will continue to work closely with each state disaster management committee, state Civil Defence Force and other relevant agencies through engagement sessions involving management, disaster simulation, community capacity building and as well as ways to increase the resilience of all parties involved,” he said.

He said this in his reply to a question from Che Alias Hamid (PAS-Kemaman) who wanted to know the level of preparedness of Nadma in facing the floods this monsoon season as well as compliance with the Covid-19 SOPs to curb the spread of the virus infection at PPS, during the Minister’s Question Time session.

He also said that 15,000 units of cubicle tents have also been distributed for the use of flood evacuees at the PPS while another 26,000 units will be sent later in stages.

“To ensure that the pandemic (Covid-19) can continue to be curbed during the northeast monsoon season, Nadma is coordinating the procurement of personal protection equipment (PPE) for the use of frontliners,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said through Nadma’s recommendations, telecommunications companies had developed a system of early disaster warning to the people through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) as well as the deployment of short messaging service (SMS) system which would be implemented between November and March every year.

He said that early warnings will be sent to residents in flood-prone areas so that they will stay vigilant or move to safer places if the need arises.

“Early warning for residents in flood-prone locations based on forecasts from leading agencies, namely the Meteorological Department and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage via the flood forecast and alert programme,” he said. — Bernama

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