Shafie Assures Flood Victims Sufficient Food, Water

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister has directed all flood-hit districts in the state to activate their disaster management committees to ensure the affected areas are properly attended to.

Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal said every District Officer involved should cooperate with all available agencies to ensure the problem can be handled in the best way.

“To overcome this problem, several factors must be prioritised, namely the safety of the affected village residents… other than that, we must also ensure there is sufficient food.

“The government will also ensure there is sufficient supply of clean water… otherwise it could lead to other problems, such as the outbreak of cholera, he said while conducting a survey of the flooded areas and the temporary evacuation centre at the Penampang Cultural Centre here today.

Mohd Shafie said the federal-level disaster management committee had also been directed to monitor the flood situation in the affected districts.

“We will ensure the evacuation centres are in good condition… I ask that cleanliness of these centres be given priority. I am confident we can properly tackle the flood problem if all parties give their cooperation,” he said.

He said the Sabah Infrastructure Ministry had also been ordered to quickly repair all roads or bridges damaged during the floods.

Meanwhile, Mohd Shafie has attributed the floods in several districts in the state on the poorly planned drainage system.

“Other than that, there were some uncompleted flood mitigation plans, like in the Penampang area, and we must find ways to expedite action so that the problem can be resolved immediately. All poorly planned drains must be improved and rivers widened,” he added.

Twenty one schools in Sabah have been inundated by floods so far and four others are serving as temporary relief centres (PPS) to flood victims as heavy rain hit the state since yesterday.

Sabah Education director Dr Mistirine Raden, in a statement today, said the schools involved are located in seven districts affected by floods, namely Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, Papar, Sipitang, Kota Belud, Tuaran and Beaufort.

Meanwhile several police stations have also been affected by the floods which hit Sabah, including the Penampang IPD and Tamparuli police station, said police commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass.

“All equipment, including important documents, have been moved to a safe place. The Penampang IPD was inundated up to 1.5 metres while the Tamparuli police station was affected after heavy rains caused several poles to collapse.

“The district police chief has taken necessary action, including closing several roads for security purposes,” he added.

Zaini, meanwhile, advised flood victims to follow directives issued by the authorities.

He said those directed to move to temporary evacuation centres (PPS) should do so in the interest of everyone, adding that police would continue to monitor the situation from time to time to ensure their properties and belongings were safe.