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All districts placed on flood alert

Published on: Monday, February 07, 2011

Tawau: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has directed all districts in Sabah to be placed on alert and disaster operation rooms to be activated.

This is to ensure easier channelling of information for fast rendering of assistance and also urged all elected representatives to go down the ground to assist their constituents who are affected by disasters.

He said this when presenting contributions to 95 family heads of fire victims in Kg Titingan Blok 6 (Laut), Kg Inderasabah and Kg Bukit Kukusan (Tanjung Batu) at Kg Titingan balairaya, Sunday.

Also on hand were Musa's wife, Datin Seri Faridah Tussin, Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Peter Pang, Speaker, Datuk Salleh Tun Said Keruak, Assistant Finance Minister, Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan and wife, Sekong Assemblyman, Datuk Samsudin Yahya, Tanjung Batu Assemblywoman, Datuk Hamisa Samat, Balung Assemblyman, Datuk Syed Abas Syed Ali, Sebatik Assemblyman, Abdul Muis Picho and local community leaders.

In SANDAKAN, the Sabah Health Department's Natural Disaster Operations Room has been activated on a 24-hour basis especially in districts currently under flood waters.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shirlin said for the time being emphasis is placed on affected districts like Kota Marudu, Pitas, Sandakan and Beluran.

She said 36 operations centres have been set up, each having two teams - one for health and the other for medical aid.

"The medical team will be responsible for inspection and cure while the health team will be responsible for educating flood victims on possible flood-related diseases and preventive measures," he said.

Rosnah, who is also Puteri Umno chief, said this after participating in a gotong royong programme to clean up the Gum-Gum primary school which was affected by the flood. The programme was jointly-organised by the Ministry and Puteri Umno.

"Preventive and control measures are conducted during and after the flood while control on spread of diseases are conducted on the second week after the flood to contain diseases like denggi fever as well as control of rodents," she said.

Rosnah added that records showed that 166 people from 32 families are affected by flood at Gum-Gum while 223 people from 50 families at Sim-Sim were also affected have been allowed to go home but advised to be on the alert.