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This is the biggest problem we’re facing during flood

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KUALA TERENGGANU  –  The biggest problem faced by the Terengganu Civil Defence Department (JPAM) in its flood evacuation operation is the flood victims’ refusal to leave their flood-hit houses, JPAM Officer Lt Nor Asmawi Abdul Mutalib said.

“This is the biggest problem we’re facing…so, we do hope the victims will think more of their personal safety and evacuate quickly when asked to do so,” he said.

Nor Asmawi said 350 JPAM members had been deployed to offer their help and assistance during the flood evacuation operation and at flood relief centres.

JPAM also has nine ambulances, six lorries and 21 boats on standy for any incidents during the monsoon season, he said.

He said JPAM had also opened 24-hour flood operation rooms at the state and district levels since Monday to enable the public to channel and obtain flood-related information.

Meanwhile, Terengganu Tourism Association president Wan Sufian Wan Ishak said the state’s tourism industry was not badly effected by the floods as tourists were still flocking to the state’s popular destinations, especially Kenyir Lake.

He said most hotels in resort islands in the state had also prepared their own boats to bring the tourists in.

“It’s school holiday, I think there are many tourists in Terengganu now, especially in Kuala Terengganu,” he said, adding that the tourists were also welcomed to visit Terengganu to experience the monsoon season.  – BERNAMA