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KUCHING: About 2.3 million litres of water and 183,852 bottles of drinking water have been despatched to drought-hit areas in Sarawak, State Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said today.
She said the water was sent by the Welfare Department with the assistance of the Public Works Department.
Up to 59,238 people from 10,031 families were affected by the drought, all of them dependent upon spring water and rain water, she added.
"My ministry has taken several measures to help the victims, especially in the worst-affected Miri and Betong areas, by sending water supply sufficient for a week," she told reporters here.
She said the ministry had so far spent RM198,786 to help the drought-stricken people.
Fatimah said several areas had yet to receive the assistance and appealed to community leaders to report to the Welfare Department or the district office. Bernama