KUALA LUMPUR JAN.5: Floods had occurred in Pahang affecting 13,218 victims while in Johor involving 5,484 people had been transferred to the temporary transfer centres as confirmed by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) today.
Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the military staffs and the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) assets had made preparations to assist NADMA via the Op Murni in the states affected by the flood.
“MAF assets include 800 trucks, 197 boats, two carrier aircrafts, six helicopters and 10 bailey bridges apart from 4,983officers and MAF staffs had been prepared and arranged to move.
“We have the standard operation procedure (SOP) during COVID-19 pandemic including the SOP for flood management to avoid the transmission of the corona virus during the flood,” Ismail said in his daily press conference held here today.
Ismail added, the SOP includes the management of SOP before, SOP while at the temporary transfer centre (PPS) and SOP after the operation.
The Senior Minister said, among the SOP implemented at the PPS are, every flood victim that is being transferred to the PPS should be screened and adhere to physical distancing.
He said the victims are also supplied with face masks and have to wear it all the time while the PPS committee will place the family members in the same cubicle.
“Victims with symptoms will be referred to the health clinics and then isolated in a special place. Packed meal will be prepared and there is no cooking activity carried out at the PPS throughout the operation.
“Group activities that will affect physical distancing are not allowed and this includes visiting flood victims. All areas at the PPS will be opened to allow enough air circulation and to enable polluted particles to escape,” Ismail added.
Meanwhile, positive measures should be taken when sending flood victims home and this includes supplying them with face masks that should be worn all the time; to ensure physical distancing is adhered to while in the vehicle and anybody with symptoms should be referred to the health clinic.
Ismail also warned the people to adhere to SOP and to take care of their children to avoid unwanted incidents to occur.
He also warned the flood victims to adhere to SOP and follow closely the guidelines that had been set to stop the transmission of COVID-19 pandemic during the flood season.
Details relating to the flood could be referred to the NADMA and National Security Council (NSC) websites.
On another development, the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) had been extended from 7th until 20th Jan.2021 at the Moral Rehabilitation Centre (PPA) Muar where 40 positive COVID-19 cases had been detected after 827 individuals were screened tested until today.
Ismail added, the Ministry of Health (MOH) also informed that there are additional positive new cases besides 38 remaining samples are waiting for the results.
The EMCO at the Amber Court Apartment in Jalan Genting, Bentong that should be lifted on 6th Jan.is extended from 7th Jan. until 20th Jan.2021.
“Until now, MOH had carried out 1,180 screen tests and out of which 454 positive COVID-19 cases had been recorded. The second screen test should be carried out on half of the close contacts and there is a high risk of COVID-19 transmission at the locality,” said Ismail – Malaysia World News.