Government Announces Plethora Of Aid For Flood Disaster Victims

The Malaysian government has announced a list of aid for the flood disaster the country is currently enduring, among the announcement made by Prime Minister Dato Seri Ismail Yaakob include paid leave for civil servants affected and RM200 million in financial support.

This comes as Selangor recorded the highest number of districts facing a deluge of rising water levels with many houses submerged in water up to knee levels. Klang and Shah Alam are also reporting dangerous levels of flood with river banks already overflowing into houses and commercial areas. Highway concessionaire PLUS had to close all major highways including toll booths in the vicinity due to overwhelming water levels in the highways.

Finance Minister, Tengku Zafrul in addressing the situation had stated that efforts to provide assistance are underway, as an immediate response the Ministry will distribute RM50 million to the National Disaster Management Unit and National Disaster Relief Trust Fund to maintain continuity in their efforts to assist households stranded in the floods.

Additionally, the RM500 personal financial aid which was supposed to be given out anytime soon will now be increased to RM1000 for each household affected by the monsoon or any other disaster declared by the Central Disaster Management Committee.

Separately, Government Linked Companies and banking institutions have been instructed to assist borrowers during these trying times and hand out financial aids for disaster victims.

According to the Met Department, heavy rains will continue to impact most parts of Peninsular including Selangor, Perak, and Pahang. Parts of Perak have been listed at a dangerous level while Selangor, Pahang, and East Coast is now under alert.

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