BALING: The Ministry of Rural Development will construct a temporary bridge after the existing Lata Celak Bridge in Kampung Iboi collapsed when floods hit the district on Monday July 4.
His minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid has taken corrective measures to allow villagers to visit nearby schools and mosques.
“We are going to make a bridge extension that will allow villagers to cross the river to reach schools and mosques.
“We will build a temporary bridge first because a concrete bridge will take time,” he told reporters after inspecting the flood-hit area around Kampung Iboi on Tuesday (July 5th).
Mahdzir said any assistance related to repairs or construction of damaged infrastructure and houses as a result of the disaster would be coordinated by the Prime Minister’s Department’s Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU).
“All repair work will be coordinated by the CIP and all other agencies will follow,” he said, adding that the ministry has an allocation for immediate repair work on facilities affected by disasters, although this would require extensive review before approval.
He also said the ministry, through GiatMara, would help repair about 70 homes damaged in the disaster.
Mahdzir added that ministry premises such as Community Development Department (Kemas) kindergartens in the area were not affected, but he was informed that there were Kemas staff who had been flood victim.
Monday’s flash floods and flooding phenomenon claimed the lives of three family members while seven houses were swept away by strong currents.
After the disaster, the federal government will channel initial aid of RM1,000 to each flood-affected family here, while RM10,000 will be given to families who have lost loved ones.
Meanwhile, additional firefighters from other states will be dispatched immediately to assist victims, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said.
It said so far, 146 firefighters, including senior officers from Kedah, as well as four special teams – search and rescue operations, water rescue, special tactical operations and rescue in Malaysia and drone unit.
He added that the team also involved three support units from Perlis, Perak and Penang.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini Ahmad said student volunteers from public universities and the Student Volunteer Foundation were being mobilized in the affected areas.
“To begin with, the ministry has mobilized more than 400 volunteers in stages to meet the needs of flood victims by providing various forms of assistance and donations, including clean-up work, the provision of clothing and food as well as kits. self-care to people in need,” she said in a statement.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the ministry has activated the Rakan Muda volunteer mission in the district.
He said the initiative was mobilized through the Baling District Youth and Sports Bureau based on instructions and decisions to deploy volunteers coordinated with the Operations Control Center in the event of an emergency. disaster led by the Baling District and Land Office.
“To begin with, 75 volunteers in conjunction with the Baling Youth Council have started clean-up work at two locations, Kampung Tiak and Kampung Bok Bak,” he said. – Bernama