Baling floods: Ministry of Rural Development to immediately construct temporary bridge at Kg Iboi

Workers pictured cleaning up the aftermath of last night’s flash flood affecting Kampung Bukit Iboi and surrounding areas in Baling, Kedah on July 5, 2022. – Image by Sayuti Zainudin

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 10:31 PM MYT

BALING, July 5 – The Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) will immediately construct a temporary bridge after the existing Lata Celak Bridge in Kampung Iboi here collapsed when floods hit this district last night.

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 go to schools and mosques. We will build a temporary bridge first because a concrete bridge will take time,” he told reporters after inspecting the flood-affected area around Kampung Iboi here today.

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).

“We have agreed that all repair work will be coordinated by the ICU and all other agencies will follow the ICU,” he said, adding that KPLB had an allocation for immediate repair work on the facilities. affected by disasters, although it would require careful consideration before approval. He said KPLB, through GiatMara, would help repair around 70 houses damaged in the disaster.

Mahdzir also said that KPLB premises such as Community Development Department (Kemas) kindergartens in the area were not affected, but he was informed that Kemas staff members had been victims of flooding.

Yesterday’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 an initial aid of RM1,000 to each flood-affected family here, while RM10,000 will be given to families who lost loved ones in the incident.

Prime Minister’s Political Secretary Datuk Mohammad Anuar Mohd Yunus reportedly said that so far initial aid has been channeled to more than 100 families housed in several Relief Centers (PPS) here. — Bernama

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