Assessment on damaged houses to be conducted thoroughly – Zahid

Ahmad Zahid (second right) handing over assistance to the flood victims at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pitas on Monday.-Bernama photo

PITAS (Jan 30): The assessment of house damage for the purpose of providing assistance to flood victims will be conducted thoroughly with priority given to badly affected houses, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Minister of Rural and Regional Development, said the ministry together with the district offices will work together to assess the damage caused by the floods.

“After we have assessed the damage, the ministry will disburse the allocation to repair the houses. Our allocation is limited and we need to be prudent by giving priority to badly affected houses,” he said.

He told this to reporters after handing over contributions to 968 families at the flood relief centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pitas here on Monday.

Ahmad Zahid said the ministry was also assessing the damage to roads affected by floods in the country.

“As such, I request the cooperation of the state-elected representatives, Members of Parliament, District Offices and the state government so that this can be implemented smoothly,” he said.

Commenting on his visit to Pitas, Ahmad Zahid said it was to survey the areas affected by the floods in Sabah.

“Although the situation is improving and many victims have returned to their homes, we are in the post-flood phase where we will focus on cleaning and repairing the affected houses,” he added. – Bernama

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