SELANGAU: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun said efforts are being made to assist flood victims who are still stranded at their longhouses.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, he said there were those still staying at the longhouses affected by floods despite being asked to evacuate.
“Those stranded at the longhouses, we do not know why they did not want to move, but they will be identified and registered for assistance,” he said.
Entulu, who is Selangau MP, was at Sekuau Community hall yesterday to meet the flood victims.
He believed that there were between 50 to 100 victims who’d chosen to seek shelter at empty or abandoned houses instead of the evacuation centre due to space constraint.
“We will also find them and give them assistance,” he assured.
According to him, the victims would receive mattresses, pillows and blankets.
He said the National Disaster Management Committee (Nadma) was giving RM500 for every family while he personally gave RM10 to school children and RM20 to adults.
He also said the flood victims would be provided with food every day.
“Those stranded or sought shelter elsewhere will be receiving the same thing; all they need to do is to register with us.
“If you have been cut off, use whatsApp or telephone. Just don’t stay silent.
“We want to be able to send assistance to you,” he said.
He said the only problem they are facing right now was the lack of resources in terms of vehicles, boats and manpower.
“My advice to the victims is to cooperate with us. If the water subsided, go back to your longhouse and clean and we will continue to give assistance in rebuilding,” he said, urging them to give priority to safety.
He also urged those staying at evacuation centres to keep the place clean, and he urged road users to drive safe and avoid driving at night especially when it is raining.
“I know some of the road stretches, especially between Selangau and Tatau are very dangerous and with the construction of Pan-Borneo Highway, there will be many potholes,” he noted.
He said farmers whose paddy fields were badly affected by the floods would also be given assistance.
Later, he visited SJK(C) Tong Ah, Selangau multipurpose hall and SK Arip where some 700 flood victims are taking shelter.
With him during the visit was Selangau district officer Inting Nyami.