Pahang: Residents in Kampung Insaf, Lanchang were devastated that their homes were destroyed by the muddy flash flood. A total of 17 families living in the village can now only see damages to all of their household properties.
One of the two houses that had just been repaired through the allocation of the State Assemblyman's Office (ADN) was also washed away by the flood water while the low-rise houses collapsed. In addition, there are a total of 4 families in the area who are no longer able to occupy their homes.
One of the flood victim from Kampung Insaf, Zulkiflee Muhammad, said the flood in the area occurred after 3 days of continuous rain. Although the area had experienced flooding problems at the beginning of last year, the water then was not as muddy compared to this time.
The Government provided assistance quickly
According to Arman bin Muhammad Jaffar, the government has provided assistance quickly this time. Before the residents moved to the settlement to clean their houses, the government had already come forward to help them in terms of cleaning, providing food, and other necessities.
All of the victims were given assistance within 10 days, in which the
federal government provided a contribution of RM 1000 while the state
government provided RM 500 along with mattresses, kitchen appliances and
electrical equipment. Although the amount of donations given could not
accommodate all the losses they have suffered, they are truly grateful for the
donations they have received.
The majority of the villagers hope that the government bodies can help them to get new settlements to ensure their safety and livelihood in the future.
Apart from the government assistance, there are also NGOs and other individuals who came down to help. Residents in the village also said that the Jabatan Kerja Raya Melaka had also assisted them in installing electrical wiring and new bulbs within a day in the area. This effort is to ease the burden of victims to carry out their daily routine at their homes.
Keluarga Malaysia Flood Assistance
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had announced that the government would provide comprehensive Keluarga Malaysia Flood Relief to alleviate the burden of those affected by the floods that hit the country.The government has introduced the Keluarga Malaysia Automotive Discount Vouchers of up to RM1,000 to eligible citizens for repair or replacement of vehicles including motorcycles, pickup trucks and van’s windows damaged by floods.
Vehicle owners do not need to make any application to benefit from the discount voucher. Owners of vehicles damaged by floods can redeem the vouchers at service centres or authorised dealers for the automotive companies involved.
Nearly 20 automotive companies with a network of more than 1,000 registered service centres nationwide have agreed to participate in the Keluarga Malaysia Automotive Discount Voucher initiative so far, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said.
The deadline for claiming the Keluarga Malaysia Automotive Discount Voucher initiative is March 31, 2022 and consumers are advised to immediately make a claim from a registered service centre or authorised distributor to avoid any inconvenience.
Essential domestic electrical appliances assistance
Apart from that, the Prime Minister has included a cash voucher of RM500 for the purchase of electrical appliances to each family of flood victims to replace the ones damaged in the floods. The assistance started to be implemented on the 7th January 2022. For more information, do visit this website www.seda.gov.my/bantuan.
The government would continue to be committed to ensuring holistic assistance to Keluarga Malaysia, especially those affected by the floods so that they can return to normal life as soon as possible.
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