NST, 8 Dec 2013
Dungun: Residents should follow the flood advisory to evacuate their homes although they may feel safe as their housing area had never been affected before.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said some people refused to evacuate when told to do so, claiming that their area had never been affected by the floods.
“In the end, many were left stranded and then they accused the authorities of being slow in sending assistance,” he said.
That was the excuse that we get. They claimed that help was slow but the truth was that they refused to evacuate and the delay caused them to suffer big losses when their belongings and vehicles could not be saved,” he said after visiting the flood relief centre for Taman Rakyat Jaya residents at the National Sports Council hall here today.
Also present were Dungun Umno chief Datuk Din Adam, district officer Mat Akil Mat, Dungun Municipal Council president Mohd Zulkifli Abu Bakar and district police chief Superintendent Ahmad Zailani Yaacob.
Shahidan said the losses could have been reduced if they had followed the flood warnings issued by the authorities.
“They should learn from this experience to be more alert if there is another wave of floods so that the losses can be minimised,” he said.
He said the rain pattern was unpredictable and the risk of flood was ever present.
He also said more comprehensive flood information are needed to ensure early preparations can be made.
“The effort by the residents committee here to make early preparations like sending out reminders and preparing tents for the evacuees is commendable.”
“The tents ensure that the flood victims can have some privacy and rest more comfortably,” he said.