News: Armed Forces to help out at flood-hit areas

The Star, 25 Dec 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Armed Forces staff and equipment have been mobilised to help flood-hit areas in the east coast states.

Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said even before the floods started, the staff had been in a state of preparedness for rescue and evacuation operations.

“Such areas include Ulu Tembeling, Pahang where we have arranged for prompt action to avoid the areas from being cut off from one another.

“If we delay team coordination, we cannot station our members for rescue missions and this might endanger the lives of the flood victims,” he told Bernama.

Over 6,000 people have been moved to evacuation centres in Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang due to rising flood waters.

Zulkifeli said the staff would be stationed at schools, police stations, community halls and Territorial Army camps.

He added that the army’s kitchens would also be used at the evacuation centres. – Bernama