Abang Johari talking to one of the flood victims during his visit to Tatau, Bintulu yesterday.
BINTULU: The state government is allocating RM10.5 million to repair the 173 schools across the state
which were destroyed by the recent floods.
A sum of RM250,000 have also been approved to repair the two clinics – Nanga Tau Clinic and Nanga
Sangan Clinic – in Tatau, Bintulu.
This was announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at a press conference after he
visited flood victims, here, yesterday where he also presented assistance to them.
Since last week, a total of 489 victims from 113 families sought shelter at the evacuation centres after their houses
were affected by flood.
Abang Johari described the recent flood situation as the worst after 55 years, and congratulated the state disaster
management committee, chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, and other agencies
for their efficiency to evacuate the victims.
“I would like to thank the state disaster management committee under Uggah and other relevant agencies for their hard work and efficiency to help the flood victims,” the chief minister pointed out.
During the recent floods, Selangau district in Sibu was the most affected schools (40), followed by Mukah and Limbang (28 each), Miri and Bintulu (22), Serian (9), Sarikei (3), while Betong and Kapit (2 each).
The chief minister also said that he has directed Resident Office and Land and Survey Department to find a higher site to relocate five schools in the state which are located at flood prone areas, adding that the new site must also be
nearer for the convenience of parents to send their children to the schools.
According to him, the fund to relocate the five schools is included in the RM10.5 million allocation.
Uggah, Minister of Public Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun were present.