News: Johor Welfare Dept prepares for floods

The Star, 2 Nov 2012

MUAR: The Johor Welfare Department has collected some RM1.25mil worth of essential items to be distributed to victims in view of the possibility of floods in the state.

State Women, Family, Health and Community Development Committee chairman Dr Robia Kosai said the items, such as foodstuff, clothing and blankets, were part of the necessities that were jointly provided by both the Johor and the Federal Governments.

“We have rushed the items to those living on the islands off Mersing and certain orang asli settlements,” she said after closing the department’s Quran recital competition here on Wednesday.

Dr Robia also said the department had prepared some 638 relief centres throughout Johor.

“The centres will cater to some areas, including the islands and orang asli settlements, that are usually cut off during floods,” she added.

Meanwhile, 126 centres have also been set up in Batu Pahat which could accommodate up to 45,300 people, said district officer Ab Wahab Ridwan.

“We are working closely with the Irrigation and Drainage Department (JPS) to monitor the situation,” he said yesterday.

Yong Peng district council officer Ong See Tian said the council had meetings recently with JPS and Southern Waste Management on their flood preparations.

He added that JPS had also deepened the natural drain stretching 2km in Taman Sri Bertam.

He said the council also hoped the flood mitigation projects at Taman Jelita in Yong Peng and Jalan Johor in Ayer Hitam town could be completed as soon as possible.

It was reported recently that the full force of the northeast monsoon is expected to lash five states, including Johor, this month.

Dr Robia said some areas in Parit Sulong were flooded on Tuesday, forcing 91 villagers to seek shelter at a relief centre.

“The floods in Johor are still at an early stage, and we ask those living along the rivers, creeks and low-lying areas to be on the alert,” she added.