Kelantan JKM prepares for possible floods, sets up 606 relief centres
Last Update: 05/11/2019
KOTA BHARU, Nov 5 -- The Kelantan Social Welfare Department (JKM) is setting up 606 temporary relief centres (PPS) statewide in preparation to face possible floods, with each centre capable of accommodating up to 2,000 evacuees.
Its director, Said Sidup said the preparations are being made after taking into consideration the 1,066 villages that might be affected by the floods.
“So far, we have prepared a three-day food supply to be distributed to the evacuees at the centres.
“If the flood persists (for more than three days), we have discussed with suppliers of hypermarkets like Mydin, Tesco and Giant to allow us to make an emergency purchase of groceries, such as vegetables, eggs and chicken,” he told Bernama here today.
He said the department had also appointed 63 suppliers located near the PPS, including in remote areas of Gua Musang, to enable immediate aid to be sent to the PPS without having to wait for the department’s representative.
Said said the department had received an allocation of RM1.3 million from both the federal and state governments for the purpose of helping flood victims in Kelantan.
“The allocation is for providing various basic necessities, such as blankets, towels, mats and hygiene kit that can be used by the flood victims evacuated to the PPS,” he said.
Said said all those items were currently kept at their depot in Pengkalan Chepa here.
“We also have the items at 17 mini depots and 209 forward bases ready to be distributed to the PPS when floods occur,” he said.
A total of 412 of the department’s staff were also ready to be mobilised, with 336 of them would be on on-call duty at operation centres statewide, he added.
He also advised residents in low-lying areas to be vigilant of floods and to follow all instructions given by the authorities and rescue agencies.