KLANG: The government has allocated RM100 million for repair of houses and infrastructures that have been damaged by floods in the states nationwide including in Selangor and Klang Valley yesterday.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that each household affected by the floods will be granted RM1, 000 following the government has increased the amount of compassionate aid in September 2021.
Ismail said, the government has also granted emergency leave on Monday to civil servants affected by the floods to enable them to organize their homes before returning to work.
“In this regards we urge the private companies to grant paid leave and not deduct from the annual leave of the workers affected by the floods. This is more on humanitarian factors,” he said in a press conference here after visiting the relief centres in SK Johan Setia, SK Telok Gong and Masjid Al-Islah.
Ismail arrived at Johan Setia at 11am and was accompanied by Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Zuki Ali.
The Prime Minister also announced that the government linked investment companies (GLIC) and government linked companies (GLC) have agreed to channel aid via matching grants with the government.
He said, for a start the GLICs and GLCs have agreed to allocate RM20 million.
“These are among the initiatives and help the government are providing to reduce the burden faced by the flood victims,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ismail said, according to the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA) the rainfall in Selangor was unusual yesterday because the amount of one month rainfall had happened in one day. That amount of rain should fall within a month. This is one of the factors contributing to the flash floods in Selangor.
The Prime Minister said, the rainfall in Selangor has recorded 380mm in the last two days above the average of 60mm of normal rain recorded.
The floods in Selangor have affected 15,000 people displaced and thousands of houses and properties destroyed.
Ismail added, the flood in Selangor is showing improvement with the water level at Sungai Klang is receding while the level at Sungai Langat is average but Sungai Selangor water level has been gradually increasing.
“To date 103 temporary evacuation centres (PPS) have been opened in eight districts in Selangor while yesterday were only 48 PPS.
“When hygiene and health safety are concerned the Ministry of Health (MOH) has agreed to provide portable toilets at the centres besides nurses, doctors and medical equipments such as face mask, hand sanitizers and medicine at all PPS.
“MOH will carry out COVID-19 RTK antigen tests on flood victims to ensure no one is infected. Each family will also be given their own canopy for privacy,” Ismail said. – Malaysia World News