Ministry of Women and Family applied for RM33 million to purchase essential items for flood victims

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PASIR MAS: The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) has requested for an allocation of RM33 million to purchase essential items for flood victims.

Deputy Minister Datuk Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff said the Ministry will purchase the essential items such as blankets, mats, dry food, disposable diapers and so on, and store them at its storage depots for the use in any second wave of floods.

“The goods will be stored at forwarding bases in high-risk states including Sabah and Sarawak,“ she told reporters after visiting flood-hit areas in Kampung Tersang and Lanchang in Rantau Panjang here, today.

She added the application was made to the Ministry of Finance after a virtual special flood coordination meeting that she chaired this morning.

Siti Zailah also pointed out that the Social Welfare Department (JKM) is facing a staff shortage as many of them also became victims of the flooding.

“Currently, we have limited staff. For example, in Temerloh, Pahang we have 88 temporary relief centres but there are only 37 JKM staff, some of whom are also affected by floods while in Selangor we have 47 personnel, but only 15 can work. Due to this, we need help from other agencies as well as from volunteers,” she said as quoted by Bernama.

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