KOTA BHARU, Nov 21 — Pasir Puteh became the first district to be hit by floods in Kelantan today, with two temporary relief centres (PPS) opened this morning.
According to the Disaster Info Portal of the Social Welfare Department (JKM), 42 flood victims from 10 families sought shelter at the SK Dalam Rhu PPS, while SK Wakaf Raja housing 29 victims from 10 families.
Meanwhile, 160 forward bases in Kelantan are ready to distribute flood relief supplies to 456 PPS’ in the state during the northeast monsoon season, which occurs from November to March.
State JKM director Said Sidup said an allocation of RM1.7 million has been set aside to purchase disaster relief supplies, including food and other forms of aid.
“JKM Kelantan has made early preparations by sending disaster relief supplies to 160 forward bases and appointed committees at PPS’ to assist flood victims.
“Based on past flood experiences, districts like Pasir Puteh, Pasir Mas, and Tanah Merah are among the areas where PPS’ are opened early in Kelantan, but we always pay attention to all areas from time to time,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.
Before this, Deputy Minister of Women, Family, and Community Development Datuk Aiman Athirah Sabu said disaster relief supplies are sent from the state’s main depot to the forward bases to prevent delays in aid.