BANTING: A total of 6,010 temporary relief centres have been identified nationwide in preparation for possible floods during the northeast monsoon season, said women, family and community development minister Rina Harun.
She said the social welfare department (JKM) was fully prepared, with essential items for flood victims currently in disaster storage depots nationwide pending instructions for them to be dispatched.
Rina said there were initial concerns when 35% of these relief centres were also listed as polling centres for the general election (GE15) on Nov 19.
“So, let us pray that no major floods occur in the near future and also on polling day,” she told reporters at a Perikatan Nasional ceramah here last night.
Also present were PN’s Kuala Langat candidate Ahmad Yunus Hairi, PN elections director Azmin Ali and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
Yesterday, the drainage and irrigation department issued a warning on the possibility of flash floods in Pahang, Selangor, Johor and Sarawak.
It said the notice was based on rainfall forecast information from the Malaysian Meteorological Department and the Southeastern Asia-Oceania flash flood guidance system.