Over 50,000 on standby for flood relief operation

Source: The SunDaily

File picture shows an aerial view of houses and plantations being submerged in floodwaters in Pengkalan Chepa, near Kota Baru, Kelantan on December 28, 2014. — AFP pic

File picture shows an aerial view of houses and plantations being submerged in floodwaters in Pengkalan Chepa, near Kota Baru, Kelantan on December 28, 2014. — AFP pic

CYBERJAYA: A total of 50,112 relief personnel comprising those from the police, Fire and Rescue Department, Health Ministry and Malaysian Armed Forces, as well as 155,000 civil defence volunteers, will be deployed when floods hit the country with the onset of the north-east monsoon expected soon.

National Disaster Management Agency (APBN) director-general Datuk Zaitun Ab Samad said the agency will ensure that there are enough assets to be deployed at district level, with standard operating procedure to be implemented for relief efforts involving the relevant agencies.

“We are also integrating radio communication between the agencies expected to be involved so that we can disseminate the right information to the media and public promptly,” she said after visiting the National Disaster Command Centre (PKPB) in Pulau Meranti this afternoon.

Currently, she said, the agency has identified 5,112 relief centres with emergency stockpiles ready to be supplied from 565 forward-based stations, 56 mini depots and five main warehouses across the country. Read more

‘Best’ flood exercise to be carried out nationwide, says minister

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The district-level flood simulation exercise will be carried out throughout the country in preparation for the floods, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

He said it was one of the measures to be taken by the National Disaster Management Agency this year, as a lesson learned from last year’s floods. Read more

Reviewed natural disaster SOP to be released this week

Source: The NST Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The reviewed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for natural disaster will be released this week, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the reviewed SOP will among others include religious aspect to assist victims in disaster-hit area. Read more