KUALA TERENGGANU: Police in Terengganu have prepared enough assets and manpower to face the impending monsoon season, which may cause massive floods in the state.
Terengganu police chief Datuk Aidi Ismail said the assets include 42 boats, 27 four-wheel-drive vehicles as well as 1,060 policemen.
Aidi said the men made up about 40 per cent of the total number of policemen in the state.
“We have trained 69 rescue teams comprising 615 men, including 55 officers, to respond to emergency situations caused by floods and other disasters.
“All district police chiefs have been instructed to prepare enough manpower to handle the rescue vehicles and assist other agencies in rescue operations,” he told reporters here today.
He also said the state has so far established 494 flood relief centres, which can accommodate some 130,000 flood victims.
In Kota Kinabalu, the Civil Defence Force (APM) is actively making preparations to provide aid during the rainy season.
Its deputy chief commissioner Roslan Wahab said APM is gathering sufficient manpower and assets to offer assistance in the event of floods.
“We take great concern in this matter, especially in flood-prone areas. At the moment, our personnel are ready to be mobilised. Our boats as well as other equipment are also well-maintained.
“At the same time, we have instructed our members to strengthen themselves mentally and physically so that they can provide excellent service to the community,” he said.
Roslan was speaking to reporters after launching the APM undergraduate team (SISPA) graduation ceremony at Universiti Malaysia Sabah here, today.
He advised villagers residing in low-lying areas and near rivers to take note of the rise in water levels.
He said residents should comply with evacuation procedures from the authorities to prevent untoward incidents.