The Federal Government has spent more than RM50 million on disaster relief in Sarawak this year.
The 20 boats worth RM1.09 million handed over to the state government yesterday are included in this figure.The boats are equipped with an outboard engine and other life-saving equipment.They were handed over by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz to Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan.Nazri is the federal disaster and relief management committee chairman, while Chan is the state disaster and relief management committee chairman.Nazri said this year, RM41.57 million was used to provide relief assistance to victims, RM6.9 million for the building of five bridges in Ba'Kelalan and RM633,548 for the building and repairing of infrastructure in Baram damaged during the recent floods.
"These 20 new boats will complement the boats the various agencies have in their inventory," said Nazri after attending a briefing on the state's preparations to meet the threat of floods.
The Fire and Rescue Department will manage and maintain the boats.Nazri also asked the state committee to list their requirements in preparing for the flood season so that the necessary allocations can be set aside. The Federal Government is already preparing 50 to 100 mobile toilets to be used at temporary relief centres which will be set up throughout the state.