Malaysia's flood recovery efforts stepped up

Malaysia's flood recovery efforts stepped up
Firemen helping flood victims at the town of Tumpat in Kelantan.

KUALA LUMPUR - Recovery efforts in flood-hit states are being intensified to enable victims to return to normalcy as soon as they can.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said most of the affected people had been displaced for over a month, with many of them no longer having a home to call their own.

About 400,000 people, including in Sabah and Sarawak, were evacuated due to the rising waters.

"The Government is focusing on post-recovery efforts, including the repair and rebuilding of the victims' homes, so that they can go back to their routine and start earning their livelihood again," he said when flagging off lorries laden with aid for flood victims in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Perak.

The items, comprising stoves, blankets, pillows, tableware and sarong, are courtesy of the Federal Territory Umno.

Muhyiddin said about 10,000 homes needed repairs while 3,000 others had to be re-built.

"I have personally witnessed the difficulties the victims had to endure. It was extraordinary ... like a tsunami," he said.

"The Government is doing all it can to help. NGOs, the corporate sector and political bodies can also do their bit to lessen the victims' burden."

In SHAH ALAM, Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said the federal and state governments' relationship had improved given their collaboration during the floods.

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