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26 flood centers in six districts

Posted on: Tuesday 04 January 2022

By: Sherell Jeffrey, Hayati Dzulkifli

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Mohd Zaidi, as the disaster operations commander who will lead the various relief agencies, posing on Sunday with the staff involved in the training.

Kota Kinabalu: Some 26 flood evacuation centers were activated in six districts affected by the floods on Monday. By 4 p.m., the State Civil Defense Force had registered 1,231 families in the affected districts, killing a total of 3,329. The low-lying areas of Kota Marudu were the hardest hit with at least 1,061 families and 2,765 flood victims, followed by Pitas (216 flood victims), Telupid (159 victims), Paitan sub-district (106 victims) and Beluran (41 victims).

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Women topped the list with 1,138, followed by 922 men, 678 boys and 591 girls, out of a total of 3,329 flood victims. At least three villages in Pitas were flooded and access to 21 other villages was cut off. Likewise, 16 villages in Telupid were inundated, while 23 villages in Paitan sub-district were inundated. Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Ranau and Kinabatangan were also affected, as were other low-lying villages. Landslides were also recorded at Jalan Kompleks Sukan Ranau and Kg Warisan of Kinabatangan.

A Civil Defense Force team monitors the flooding situation in Kota Marudu.

Meanwhile, 38 housing estates and villages in Kota Kinabalu have been identified as potentially flood-prone areas whenever there is heavy rains, said ACP municipal police chief Mohd Zaidi Abdullah.

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They are in Luyang, Inanam and Manggatal. These areas are divided into two categories, namely 24 in category “A” which are prone to flooding, and the remainder in category “B”, in the Operational Action Plan (PTO) for flood operations. “The categories are divided according to the potential for flooding such as category ‘A’ where the possibility of flooding every time it rains is very high. “For category ‘B’ the risk of flooding is lower,” he said. Mohd Zaidi said that thanks to the division of categories, relief operations can be mobilized more robustly and efficiently, adding that the relief team involving various agencies is always ready to deal with any disaster. Regarding the “Latika Andaian Op Banjir” program, he said it aimed to further strengthen preparedness and full cooperation between the police and various other relief agencies. The program is also early preparation for all agencies involved to deal with any eventuality in the future, especially during the northeast monsoon right now. The training involved 24 officers and 60 personnel from the Police, Malaysian Fire and Rescue Service (JBPM), Civil Defense Force (APM), Army and Malaysian Volunteer Service (Rela ). “In fact, this program can also further strengthen the management system of the scene checkpoint (PKTK) or known as ‘Pusat Kawalan Tempat Kejadian’ where it also gives the pulse of the rescue of victims and property involved in every disaster. “If the PKTK is slow to activate, rescue efforts will also face difficulties due to weaknesses in the management aspect between agencies, such as delayed or delayed operations. “Rescue efforts involving various agencies must be conducted in an integrated manner in accordance with National Security Council (MKN) standard operating procedures (SOP),” he said.
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