MP calls for one-off allocation to victims

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING: The authorities have been urged to provide one-off allocation to assist flood victims.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii made the suggestion after many of those affected by the current flooding in many parts of the city reached out to his office for assistance as their food supply was washed away or contaminated due to flood waters.

“During such extraordinary circumstances, I hope the state government will make an extraordinary allocation and render assistance to those affected by the floods.

“Such assistance is very important especially for the poor that may not have insurance to cover all their damaged furniture, electrical appliances or even homes.

“It is crucial to help them navigate through this tough period,” he said in a Facebook post.

This morning Dr Yii along with Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong went on the ground to monitor the flood situation and the worst affected places in Kuching.

“This year’s flash floods have been one of the worst experienced for many years.

“For the past two days, we have been on the ground to monitor and record all the different areas affected so we can raise the issue up specifically with all relevant agencies and ministries,” he said.

The MP said he would follow up on the RM150 million flood mitigation project in Kuching under the Department of Drainage and Irrigation (DID) Sarawak which was scheduled to commence construction this year.

“Many places around Kuching city which never experienced such floods in the past 20 years are flooded over the past two days,” he said.