Dr Sim warns of ‘Banjir Cluster’ amidst flood relocations

KUCHING: The people are urged to remain vigilant and adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ward off any unwanted Covid-19 infections during the current flood season.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the public should keep in mind that while they might have to deal with a more pressing issue in terms of flood relocations, the pandemic was still ongoing and was similarly important.

“I told my people in Batu Kawa this is not going to be ordinary flood evacuations but flood evacuations with Covid-19 all around them.

“What we don’t want to end up with is a situation where we have floods for two to three days but ‘Banjir Cluster’ later on with 14 days in the hospital,” he said in a Facebook post.

The Batu Kawa assemblyman was commenting on the flood affecting many parts of Kuching caused by incessant rain in the last few days. He said while rain was expected around this time of the year, the situation was worsened by high tides.

“Minimise the people staying close together in evacuation centres. Those living in two-storey houses and with the flood affecting the ground floors can opt to stay in the houses if it is safe.

“They will still be registered as flood victims and are entitled to compassionate assistance and meals,” he said.

Dr Sim also thanked the district office, the Civil Defence Force, Health Office, police and other agencies for their services during the flood crisis.

“Stay safe from the flood and from Covid-19,” he said.