Civil Defence Force ready for unexpected floods

Civil Defence Force chief commissioner Aminurrahim Mohamed says the agency has identified flood hotspots expected to occur during the Northeast Monsoon. – APM Facebook pic, September 6, 2022.

THE Civil Defence Force (CDF) are prepared in terms of logistics and personnel, to face any eventuality of an unexpected floods following the unpredictable weather forecast which is expected to continue until February next year.

Its chief commissioner Aminurrahim Mohamed said the agency has a total of 4,000 members who can be mobilised within 24 hours. It is in addition to 30,000 members across the country who are also ready to face any eventualities.

“In general, we have already identified the hotspots where we expect floods to occur during the Northeast Monsoon, but it is very difficult for us to predict accurately this time, we just need to be more alert in all states and follow the Meteorological Department forecast closely.

“For example, last year, we prepared our assets in the East Coast area but the floods had occurred on the West Coast like in Selangor. If we were to follow the trend, floods will happen on the East Coast and will end up near Borneo, Sabah and Sarawak,” he told reporters in Alor Setar today.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) today issued a statement saying that almost all states in the peninsula as well as Sabah and Sarawak will face uncertain weather where more frequent rainfall is forecast to continue until next February.

Aminurrahim said the CDF had received an allocation of RM84.45 million under the 12th Malaysia Plan which was used to obtain certain assets to ensure the agency’s assignments progressed smoothly.

He said it included the procurement of vehicles, facilities and operational equipment, rescue equipment, aquatic equipment, paramedic equipment, fire fighting equipment and communication equipment.

“In addition, the acquisition of assets involved 100 four-wheel drive ambulances, 46 four-wheel drive vehicles and two skylift machines,” he said.

Earlier, Aminurrahim was present at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of the Civil Defence Auxiliary Action System (Cdas) between CDF and the Kedah Tithe Board (LZNK).

Cdas is a database system developed as a result of CDF’s collaboration with LZNK for disaster relief management so that implementation is more effective and systematic. – Bernama, September 6, 2022.

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