East Coast Floods: Watery end for 4 NGO vans ferrying aid

JERTEH, Dec 2 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Eight volunteers ferrying numerous items for flood victims faced a precarious situation Sunday night when their four vehicles went two metres under flood waters.

The volunteers from Kuala Lumpur – members of the Malaysia International Search and Rescue (MISAR) team – were hit by the flood waters at about 8 pm. None of them were hurt.

JERTIH: Although the flood situation in some parts of the east coast remains under control, the public and volunteers have been called to be on guard and seek assistance when rendering help to flood victims. The road from Jertih to Keruak in Hulu Besut is still under 0.3 to 1.2 metres and the police have advised the people to take all safety measures to avoid and drowning possibility or even getting infected by any water-borne disease. Photo courtesy of BERNAMA

Besut district police chief Supt Abdul Rozak Muhammad said the incident took place in Kampung Bekok, here, when they were leaving for another location after sending aid to Kampung Tenang and Kampung La.

‘’All the volunteers are safe. They were actually moving without informing the parties managing the flood operation rooms.

‘’Following the incident, I urge anybody and also non-government organisations to inform the police or the Terengganu Disaster Management Secretariat (of their plans) to facilitate the giving of assistance,’’ he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Abdul Rozak said the team was rescued with the help of villagers and their vehicles (four vans) were also taken to higher grounds.

As of this morning, the flood in Terengganu had affected 5,807 people from 1,719 families while 123 Flood Relief Centres (PPS) had been opened.