PUTRAJAYA - The clean-up exercise in the flood-affected states of Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu is likely to set back the Federal Government by about RM200 million (S$7.5 million).
Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said it would cost RM78 millionlion to clean up public areas and amenities in areas under local authorities in Kelantan alone.
The ministry has yet to receive estimates from the Pahang and Terengganu governments but expects the cost to be at least RM50 million each.
"We have already raised the issue with the National Disaster Committee headed by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and we suggested that the money required to handle post-flood clean-up be placed under the National Security Council.
"We have already started the exercise in Kelantan on Tuesday, with the help of the local authorities, Fire and Rescue Department personnel and volunteers," he said after flagging off a volunteer team heading for Kelantan.
The 270-strong team comprised Umno's Urban Affairs Secretariat (SHEB) and non-governmental organisation #TeamRD which will be cleaning up schools in Kuala Krai.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has tasked the ministry to lead the clean-up exercise in states severely hit by the floods.
During the 2007 floods, the ministry spent RM90 million to clean up affected areas in Malacca and Johor.
Rahman said the ministry's target was to complete the clean-up before the school session starts next week, adding that hospitals were also a priority as the need for medical services was high.
"Our other concern is to remove animal carcasses to prevent people from being exposed to more health risks," he said.
The authorities were also determining the extent of damage the floods had on landfills, Rahman said.