Long Lama needs proper sheltering facilities

Dennis Ngau (2nd from right) at Long Lama town that has been inundated following incessant rains.

MIRI: Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau hoped that proper sheltering facilities would be built in Long Lama to house flood or fire victims.

“Evacuation is a crucial part when a disaster strikes as we evacuate people to a shelter to keep them safe.

“They need to have a shelter that aligns with their needs as some of them are women and toddlers,” he said on Saturday (Sept 4).

Earlier on, Dennis was in Long Lama visiting 59 flood victims from 11 families that are taking shelter at a temporary evacuation centre in Darulssalam Mosque here.

The victims were moved to the relief centre since Sept 3 after their houses were inundated following continuous rainfall for the past few days.

Dennis expressed his sympathy as most of the flood victims at the relief centre slept on the five-foot-way with no proper facilities.

“This is the third time Long Lama is struck by floods this year,” he said.

He appealed the state government to consider setting up facilities in Long Lama that can act as shelter to the community during a natural disaster.

“There should be no problem for the site because we have identified a state land that is appropriate as it is located on a higher ground,” he said.

The project is estimated to cost from RM500,000 to RM800,000.

He added that the shelter can also be used as temporary accommodation for those seeking medical treatment at the Long Lama Health Clinic.