News: Pahang identifies three districts likely to be flooded

The Star, 8 Jan 2013

KUANTAN: Pekan, Rompin and Kuantan in Pahang are the districts most likely to be flooded during the tropical storm which could lash the east coast states from today.

State Secretary Datuk Seri Muham-mad Safian Ismail said fishermen, loggers, miners and forest-adventure operators had been told to halt their activities from tomorrow to Friday while there were no boat services being allowed to and from Tioman Island due to the rough seas.

“Rough waves above 4m and wind speeds between 30kph and 40kph are expected, which is not advisable for fishing activities,” he said after chairing the state disaster committee meeting here on Sunday evening.

Muhammad Safian, who is also Pahang Disaster Management Com-mittee chairman, said all departments in the committee had been told to do “everything necessary” to face the situation.

“We are also checking on the quality of food stored for flood victims. Any spoiled food will be replaced,” he said.

He said 66 flood relief centres in Kuantan, 31 centres in Rompin and 84 in Pekan would be opened should the need arise.

A team of Johor-based Armed Forces personnel have been stationed at the 4th Brigade Camp in Kuantan and would be the first to offer aid and assistance in the storm-hit districts.

Muhammad Safian said three Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) helicopters had also been put on standby.

“The local government council has also been told to hold inspections and do what must be done particularly for the drainage system. Heavy rain is expected to hit the state and we will do our best to prevent flash floods like the one in Kuantan in late December,” he said.

National Security Council director Datuk Abdul Wahab Mat Yasin advised people to pack basic items and important documents which they can carry with them in the event of an emergency.

“The people should also check for the latest developments on the National Security Council’s flood portal. If told to move by rescue teams, please follow their instructions,” he said yesterday.

He said the state Fire and Rescue Department had 781 personnel on standby with seven helicopters, 72 water crafts and 106 land transport units ready to be mobilised.

“We are also moving our personnel and equipment to higher ground because the fire station in Kuantan was also flooded recently,” he said.