14,000 victims given aid

Rice bags for flood victims in Matu.

MATU: More than 14,000 flood victims in Matu have been assisted since floods occurred in the district on Jan 12.

Jemoreng assemblyman Datuk Dr Juanda Jaya said the assistance was distributed in stages to a total of 29 villages starting with 500 packages last Saturday.

“A total of six villages in the Sekaan Besar area will get their assistance through this first distribution, while other villages will have their assistance distributed in later stages.

“Residents in Matu are also asked to be patient because we will ensure that every resident will get the appropriate assistance,” he said when met after the distribution of the packages.

Meanwhile, Dr Juanda also described the flood that happened to Matu this time as very unusual compared to the past few years.

“This flood occurred due to the incessant rain and also the high tide which occurred simultaneously.

“The flood situation appears to have subsided, but the residents should always be vigilant from time to time,” he said, adding that the high tide phenomenon is expected to continue until Monday.

Dr Juanda said if any villagers felt that they have missed out on the assistance, they should report it to their village head or community leaders.

“Next, appropriate action will be taken by the Matu District Disaster Committee together with the Divisional Social Welfare Department,” he said.

During the same function, the Matu District Mosque also presented food donation to residents affected by the floods.

Also present were Matu district officer Wan Hipni Wan Mohamad, Mukah Division Social Welfare Officer Haslinda Supu, Matu Civil Defence Officer Jumaat Akasas and other community leaders.