Disaster Management Committee Focuses On Delivering Food To Tatau Victims

Tarikh Berita

ATAU, Feb 11 (Bernama) -- The District Disaster Management Committee is now focusing on delivering food supplies to flood victims living in the interior and upstream of Sungai Kakus, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun.

He said overall the flood situation in the Tatau district was improving but some residents were without food supplies when they were cut off after access roads were submerged by flood waters.

"About nine or ten longhouses in the upstream areas were affected by the floods. The residents were not transferred to the temporary relief centres due to network service breakdown and some of the people had to spend the night in the forests (after their houses were inundated).

"Ever since yesterday the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (JBPM) and the Civil Defence Force (APM) have mobilised their assets to deliver water and food supplies to people in the upstream areas."

Entulu, who is also Selangau Member of Parliament said this when met at the Tatau Sports Hall after inspecting the temporary relief centre where 498 victims from 10 families were still being sheltered as at 4pm today.

The JBPM Air Unit had begun using a Mi-171 helicopter to deliver water and food supplies to affected residents in the remote areas since yesterday.

The helicopter delivery service will continue today to deliver two tons of food and beverage supplies to Rumah Dilang and Rumah Barat before distributed to other nearby longhouses.

So far 14 tons of food and beverage supplies have been deliverd during the two-day operation.