By Jerry Choong
SHAH ALAM, Sept 22 — The state government will conduct flood disaster simulation training for two days starting next week, said Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.
In addition, he will also announce a special allocation to add more assets including boats, machinery, and personnel, as part of the preparations to face the potential floods.
On Twitter, Amirudin was asked if any flood preventive measures would be taken as well, with the questioner stating that for floods, prevention is better than cure.
“All local authorities and District Offices have been instructed to monitor the condition of drains and rivers, as well as preparing to face floods.
“KDEB (Waste Management Sdn Bhd) has also been instructed to be prepared to receive any complaints of blocked drains that require clearing. Several mitigation projects are also kept in view,” said the Menteri Besar.
Nationwide many Federal and state government agencies are preparing for the upcoming Northeast Monsoon, which is slated to begin in November.
On September 13, Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said 12,500 operations personnel from 332 fire stations throughout Malaysia have been ordered to prepare for floods during the perid.
Similarly, the Shah Alam City Council established a special disaster committee yesterday to handle the possibility of flooding at the end of the year.
Its corporate and public relations division chief Shahrin Ahmad said the council’s Special Action Squad’s (Pantas) operations room will also be activated on a 24-hour basis for duty at any time.