Saturday, September 19

Ministry launches Survival Kit [email protected]

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Ismail Sabri (front second right) helps to pack a Survival Kit Prihatin @KKLW.

A UniKL student volunteers to help pack a Survival Kit Prihatin @KKLW during the event.

Ismail Sabri (centre) officiates at the launching ceremony for the Survival Kit Prihatin @KKLW. Ministry secretary general Datuk Borhan Dolah is at second right.

THE Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW) has launched the Survival Kit [email protected] in preparation for the second wave of flooding that is expected to hit states on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

The kits will be distributed to flood victims, especially those living in rural areas.

Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in preparation for the expected second wave of flooding, the survival kits have been packed with basic necessities that will be required by flood victims while they stay in evacuation centres as well as once they return home.

“At the same time, the number of volunteers has also increased in preparation for the possibility of flooding on the East Coast.

“A total of 4,000 survival kits have been prepared containing basic necessities such as towels, soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, torchlight and batteries, sarong, snacks, mineral water and mini first aid kit,” he said after the Survival Kit Prihatin @ KKLW launching at Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) on Wednesday.

On Nov 14, a total of 1,650 volunteers were involved in a gotong-royong clean-up in Penang.

To date, there are 4,416 volunteers under the Sukarelawan [email protected] KKLW programme consisting of personnel from KKLW as well as agencies such as the FELCRA Berhad, Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Community

Development Department (KEMAS), Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA), South Kelantan Development Authority (KESEDAR), Central Terengganu Development Authority (KETENGAH), D evelopment Authority of Southeast Johor (KEJORA), Kedah Regional Development Authority (KEDA), Institute for Rural Advancement (INFRA), state KKLW offices, as well as students from GiatMARA and UniKL.

According to a press release from the Malaysian Meteorological Department on Nov 10, the country will experience the northeast monsoon from Nov 13 until March 2018, which is likely to cause flooding especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas.

After Penang and Kedah, now Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang are experiencing serious flooding. The second wave of flooding is expected to hit this weekend.

As such, KKLW will distribute the Survival Kit Prihatin @ KKLW to the flood victims, particularly in rural areas, as part of its efforts to assist rural folk.

Survival Kit [email protected]

• Backpack

• Face and bath towels

• Soap and shampoo

• Toothbrush and toothpaste

• Torchlight and batteries

• Sarong

• Biscuits and snack

• Mineral water and isotonic drink

• Mini first aid kit

• Lighter