News: Disaster relief teams ready

The Star, 10 November 2012

AYER HITAM: The Crisis Relief Squad of MCA (CRSM) has activated its disaster relief teams and is on high alert for the northeast monsoon season where more rainfall is expected.

CRSM national chief Datuk Dr Lee Hong Tee said the teams were prepared for the evacuation of flood victims and to undertake relief services in the event of floods.

The teams, equipped with more than 100 four-wheel drive vehicles, medical aid and other relief materials, are on standby in Segamat, Ayer Hitam and Johor Baru for immediate deployment.

He said this at a ceremony to activate the disaster relief teams yesterday.

He added that the MCA’s 1Malaysia Community Alliance Foundation (1MCA Foundation) had allocated RM20,000 to CRSM for disaster relief services preparation, with other organisations, such as 1MCA Medical Foundation and private companies also offering support.

Meanwhile, 1MCA Foundation chief executive officer Loh Seng Kok said Johor had one 1MCA mobile clinic ready to go around the state to offer health services to flood victims.

“However, more vehicles will be deployed to the state if there is a need for extra assistance,” he said.

In another development, Batu Pahat Civil Defence Department reported that the flood situation has improved compared with Thursday.

As of 2.20pm yesterday, 329 people still remained at four relief centres in the district, compared with 823 people in eight relief centres at 1pm on Thursday.