KUCHING: Sarawak is ready to face the eventuality of floods in the upcoming monsoon season.
The state has identified 15,152 personnel from the enforcement and security authorities to be deployed in the event the floods strike, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who is chairman of the State Disaster Management Committee.
Sarawak has also made preparations in terms of logistics and relief centres, he said when winding up debate at the State Legislative Assembly sitting today.
“Five helicopters, five drones, 172 lorries, 549 four-wheel-drive vehicles, 283 boats and 109 ambulances are ready to be deployed in case of floods.
“A total of 610 relief centres that can accommodate 203,960 people have been identified throughout the state. The Social Welfare Department has prepared 16 forward bases in the Kuching, Kapit, Bintulu and Miri divisions,” he said.
Uggah said the authorities had organised courses for administrative officers on how to effectively manage disasters.
“All district officers and representatives of districts attended these courses which also educated them on how to input data on disasters into the system so that the information can be accessed real-time to offer immediate and effective relief aid,” he said. – Bernama