Tuesday, December 26, 2006

MORE PICS–(Part 2) FLOODS in JOHORE, PAHANG & Other STATES; 2nd Wave Floods Hits Johore Baru; More HEAVY RAIN Forecast; New Policy For Disasters Soon

Update Jan 14 2007;

FOR the latest Johore Floods PART 4 Go H E RE for (floods report & Pics during from Jan 12 2007 to current…

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MORE PICS – JOHORE Flooded Again – 2nd TIME in Weeks; 1 Week Rain Fell Thursday; BATU PAHAT Dam 1 m above Danger Level; MORE Rain Expected till Monday=========

[ MORE PICS FLOODS in JOHORE, MALACCA & Other STATES; Last minute “Pipe Water” release at Gadek & Durian Tunggal Caused Floodings. Was it GREED?]

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also see related Post below

RM81 Million DAMAGESRoads & Bridges; Other LOSSES By Floods ( Johore, Malacca Pahang & Negeri Sembilan); TOURISTS Destinations; Businesses & Fish FARMS

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ABOVE & BELOW: Muar still under floods

Automatically translated text:

By Google Translator

(Read with care, the gist and meaning are there) - Apology TEXT ALL underlined below, no time to correct

Ministers national calamity flood stricken taste holiday date /Dec government corruption consequences [28, 2006 [/07:06 time : 20 pm News / home country situation [writer / Our Huisi [Chen Chen Huisi conceived –

Our government's handling of Mato floods many oversights triggered all sorts of grievances. (Ronnie) Liu Zhendong commentators that the government through sectoral distribution, transportation economic interests and political interests that natural disaster management day-to-day management of all serious; Mato only enlarged flood of corruption and incompetence of the government. Deputy Prime Minister Najib floods in the week before the outbreak of Mato announced RM 80 million yuan allocated by the government for flood relief funds as the East Coast.

Liu Zhendong said that 80 million yuan is not a small sum, if well utilized, will be effective in preventing floods. However, because the public sphere developed all sorts of planning and coordination, funding has often translated into practical action "devaluation". unable to reach their target results, thereby leading to many disasters. He pointed out that the strategy to deal with natural disasters often is paid a large amount of money in infrastructure. UMNO Road because the music here is the government operates on building a political party.

He said : "My government is useless brain, but it has to solve the problem with a brick; No implementation plan, tiles will not solve the problem! "Liu Zhendong last night in the" Oriental Daily News "host" Segamat flood catastrophe "lecture delivered remarks. At the seminar will be held in mid Xuehuatang attracted about 60 participants, The lecture will be another presenter town planners Yong Yang Shan, Long Xuehuatang moderator for the Economic and Social Commission Vice Chairman Yang promising. Ministers national calamity holiday Liuzhendong point out a strange phenomenon : the floods here, the state leaders?

He pointed out that Prime Minister Ahmad Badawi use of the short turnaround time from Venezuela to return to Johor grown children, pat as charged. I flew to Australia travel; Local government and Housing Minister Ong Ka Ting and Science. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Azmi Khalid (Azmi Khalid) in the child's distress are still 80,000 foreign nationals are flooding holiday, It seems to have no sense of crisis, the entire government institutions, only to flood as day-to-day affairs.

He yelled : "80,000 people to evacuate is a national crisis, but we do not feel is a crisis in Kuala Lumpur. whether it is regarded as a national crisis? "He asked :" We have crisis management? Many people had died in the floods. kidney disease died because of water shortages, we need to review. The flood has given us in the media feel? While media reports in the disaster. But the criticism of the system was inadequate. "before December 19, Mato floods occurred 100 years, Johor, Negeri Sembilan. Malacca, Pahang turned into a flood plain area more than three states, as many as 80,000 people to evacuate. So far, seven people were killed in floods. During the floods in several areas face water outages or even sixth problem.

Accommodating to consolidate government departments on the strength Liuzhendong of the division of the abnormal appearance of China's public domain : breakdown by size of gullies and municipal management of natural resources, development of housing and local government ministries and the management of housing and lending industries. Local governments refuse Entrepreneur Development and management of public transport license. Emerged among many of the tasks and functions of the name of the department and the local match. He believes that this government is becoming deformed face, and the mismanagement of public affairs; because the layout of government departments to be used for supplying wealth and resources. He said that UMNO accommodating to the construction industry, the Malaysian Association on commercial development to consolidate its forces, government departments and the allocation of economic benefits that can be closely connected.

For example, he said : "Public transport is the licensing of the Ministry of Enterprise Development, which is the predecessor of the Department of Public Enterprises; implementation of the new economic policy is the main agenda of the Ministry of Public Enterprises. The economic interests. political interests and departments arrangements. "In addition, he said : "Housing development Malayan economic interests closely related. When we look at how to manage state government. we should look at the structure of government. "" Waste Management is responsible for local government, But garbage has been privatized. the results of privatization, We have seen some rural areas not specifically refuse the garbage trucks transferring garbage collection, but use common law of refuse collection. Why? The amount has been specified in the contract because there are layers of sub-contractors. Finally the works contractors have money, Only come with waste disposal.

"Johor National Front leader will win lightly points out the terrible public administration and economic interests linking apart Liu Zhendong also said that the reason why people today prefer to believe rumors, nor do I want to listen to the government's announcement. already shaken because the government's credibility. He said that there is a collective memory, association, the government must establish its credibility a long time; rumors even so, in his letter to the people of official rhetoric. He said : "If the life of the flood of explosives used to be a minister, then people will see the two Mongolian girls in case their minds; Wu Qing members today Malay sword held high, people will think of the 1987 UMNO leaders have also Jujian shouted : Chinese cleansed it with a sword. "cottages action referred to the White Paper. Wu Qing delegation to October 17, 1987 Bermuda Road Stadium in Kuala Lumpur widening provoked rallies, the current deputy prime minister, Wu Qing, head of Naji (Pictured right) to hold high the Malay dagger-called "Chinese used to wash the blood that sword."

Finally Liu Zhendong said : "The recent U.S. election, the Republicans lost control of the House and the Senate, someone said, Carter Lie typhoon is the turning point, the Americans see this natural disaster. Tens of thousands of people have originally in the backyard of the United States did not have trouble Stadium. Election ballots can change the economic interests of the organization and efficiency in the public domain. This is what we need to consider. "said Liu Zhendong fate of proposed changes to the votes received active responses from the audience. Democratic Action Party Secretary Liu Tian non-governmental organizations in the audience in the time slot, said : "Johor eight ministers However, apart from fine Li Cai in Malaysia, the other foreign ministers. including Ong Ka Ting. If the National Front victory is not always in Johor state, and to tens of thousands of majority Kuangsheng. If they have not returned do not think it would win, how will they come back? I thought that they would think Since I have chosen anyway, so why should I Peregrine? "He said :" The flood disaster occurred, we can only blame myself for the government because the government is elected by us! Most people ignore corruption, so people will try consequences, also be the responsibility of the people to bear! - Note- this Google Automatic translation is from simplified Chinese to English

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ABOVE & BELOW: Flooding in Johore Baharu town

ABOVE & BELOW: Inside views of relief centres in Johor

ABOVE & BELOW: Lunch time at the relief centres

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ABOVE: Wisma Persekutan in Johore Baru under floods

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New Relief: Claim it:

Secondary School student- RM200 for Books & uniform Allowance

Primary School student - RM100 for Books & uniform allowance

(33,000 students entitled)

(These allowances applied to ALL disasters, clarified Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz

Each family immediate claim - RM200

ABOVE WARNING issued Tuesday, 26 Dec 2006; 10.25 am

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The situation will remain grim in Muar and Batu Pahat and no changes are expected for some time because of upstream water flowing in that direction

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Second wave of floods hits JB

Heavy rain in the last 24 hours has caused a second wave of floods to hit Johor Baru. Three relief centres have been opened up to take in more evacuees

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Red stage weather warning for Johor and south-east Pahang

KUALA LUMPUR: The Meteorological Department has issued a red stage heavy rain warning over Johor and south-eastern Pahang which is expected to continue until Sunday. The department also issued a yellow stage advisory for Malacca and Negri Sembilan where moderate rain is expected to persist until Friday. Kelantan, Terengganu and the rest of Pahang is also expected to experience moderate rain from Wednesday until Sunday. In its noon weather forecast (available at http://www.kjc.gov.my/english/service/warning/severe.html, the department said heavy rain in the Divisions of Kuching, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu and Mukah, is expected to occur from Friday until Monday.= = = == == = = =

Floods round-up: Downpour sparks yet another flood alert;

25 Dec 2006; Lee Shi-Ian, NST

KUALA LUMPUR: People in low-lying areas in Mersing, Rompin, Pekan, Kuantan and Maran are bracing for another round of floods as heavy rain fell yesterday afternoon. The rain is expected to continue until Wednesday, according to the Meteorological Department. The alert went out even as the situation in these towns improved following an earlier deluge. The National Security Division (NSD) is monitoring the situation. At present, personnel from the General Operations Force, the army, Civil Defence, police and local authorities are engaged in search, rescue and evacuation efforts. Che Moin Omar, director of the Crisis and Disaster Management Directorate (CDMD), NSD of the Prime Minister’s Department, said they were ready to move in with aid if required. "We are prepared for all contingencies and there is sufficient food, blankets and medicines if these areas require emergency supplies. "At present, Johor is expected to remain at a critical stage for two or three days unless there is no more rain," he said.

"The situation will remain grim in Muar and Batu Pahat and no changes are expected for some time because of upstream water flowing in that direction." It is understood that the NSD has been contacted by welfare authorities in Batu Pahat requesting for additional blankets and mattresses. Che Moin said there were over 40,000 flood victims in Muar and Batu Pahat. There are 281 evacuation centres in Johor with 63,118 flood victims as of 6.30pm yesterday.

The three districts with the highest number of victims are Muar (21,689), Batu Pahat (19,642) and Kota Tinggi (12,490). The situation is however returning to normal in most towns. But Che Moin warned that the situation could change if heavy rain fell. In Malacca, the situation is improving. There are 27 evacuation centres housing 9,128 victims in Alor Gajah, Jasin and Malacca Tengah. In Negri Sembilan, there is one centre with 191 refugees. It is the same in Terengganu with 84 victims staying at one evacuation centre. In Pahang, there are still 2,402 victims in 15 centres. On complaints of lack of blankets and drinking water, Che Moin said the CDMD was doing everything to supply basic necessities to those who were stranded.

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December 26, 2006 16:28 PM

New Policy To Tackle Disasters Soon

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 (Bernama) -- The government will draw up a new policy on natural disasters to reduce the dangers arising from them, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said Tuesday.

Mohamed Nazri said, the disasters that had taken place were not only caused by natural phenomena, but were also due to man-made problems which must be handled through preventive measures. The new policy was still in the discussion stage, he told reporters after launching the Disaster Awareness Day here today. "We have to sit down immediately (to discuss the policy). We can't wait," he added.

Nazri said the policy would apply the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 which stressed on the mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction into development policies, planning and implementation. The framework provided for multi-hazard approach to disaster risk management and was adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in January 2005 at Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. The first anniversary celebration of disaster awareness day was held to instil public awareness on the natural disaster, especially of the Dec 26, 2004 tsunami in the Asia Pacific region.

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Govt To Help Flood-hit Students Buy Uniforms, Stationery

BATU PAHAT, Dec 26 (Bernama) -- Students affected by the floods in Johor will receive aid from the federal government to buy uniforms and stationery. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also chairman of the National Disaster Committee, said primary school students would receive RM100 each while secondary school students would receive RM200 each. "We will disburse the money as soon as possible before the new school session begins on Jan 3," he told reporters after visiting flood victims at the Sekolah Menengah Datuk Sulaiman relief centre in Parit Sulong here, Tuesday. He said the financial aid to students affected by the floods, was in addition to cash contributions of RM200 for each family, which had been channelled to victims in the state. The Deputy Prime Minister said the District Education Offices had been entrusted with disbursing the assistance to 33,000 second and primary school students affected by the flood

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December 26, 2006 15:19 PM

Rain In Johor And Pahang Expected Until Sunday

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 (Bernama) -- The intermittent rain, occasionally heavy, occurring over Johor and south-eastern Pahang is expected to continue until Sunday, according to the Meteorological Department Tuesday. Slight to moderate rain is expected over Melaka and Negeri Sembilan from this afternoon until Friday, it said in a statement.From tomorrow, Kelantan, Terengganu and other areas in Pahang are expected to receive moderate monsoon rain until Sunday.In Sarawak, heavy rain is expected from Friday until Monday in Kuching, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu and Mukah.= = = == = =

December 26, 2006 14:43 PM

Flood Causes 3,000 Tonnes Of Rubbish In Segamat

SEGAMAT, Dec 26 (Bernama) -- The flood that hit Bandar Segamat last Monday may have caused an estimated 3,000 tonnes of rubbish, Bandar Segamat Member of Parliament Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam said Tuesday. He said cleaning up works for the town and the rest of its residential areas may take up to two weeks to be completed. "The clean up process is on going and we had people from SWM, local council and Jabatan Kerja Raya working together to fasten the works," he said when met here.

SWM or Southern Waste Management Sdn Bhd had been the concessionaire for the solid waste disposal in Johor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan for over three years. Dr Subramaniam said that besides the local authorities, the 24 local councils had also been given the task to set up and supervise their own private teams of rubbish collectors. These teams with trucks and tractors would go to areas that were affected by the flood to pick up the rubbish there. SWM had also provided the three-tonne Roro bins at six different locations in the town where residents could throw in the rubbish. These Roro bins would be collected as fast as possible by two towers to the dumpsite.

Dr Subramaniam advised the people to stop throwing rubbish into the river but to send them to the actual dumpsite situated at KM4 Lebuhraya Segamat-Kuantan here. On the rubbish that was thrown around the riverside, he said that it would be collected as soon as possible. Other than collecting rubbish, SWM will also be spraying disinfectants around the town to prevent the spread of diseases, he added.

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December 26, 2006 11:50 AM

Flood Situation Improves, 40,593 Evacuees In Johor

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 (Bernama) -- The situation in flood-hit states has generally improved this morning, although Johor, the worst affected by the disaster, is still accommodating 40,593 evacuees at its relief centres and several roads are still inaccessible to traffic. A spokesman of the police contingent headquarters flood operations room said the highest number of evacuees were in Batu Pahat with 27,204 people, followed by Kota Tinggi (5,529) and Segamat (3,922). All victims in Johor Baharu have been allowed to return home while in Muar, there are still 1,984 people at the relief centres, followed by Pontian (865), Mersing (618) and Kluang (471).The Segamat-Tangkak road, Segamat-Gemas road, and Yong Peng-Segamat road at Km5 Kampung Lam Lee were still closed to vehicles while all roads to Kota Tinggi were already opened to traffic, the spokesman said.

In Muar, the Pagoh-Lenga road, Bukit Kepong-Labis road, Batu 30 Pagoh-Lenga road, Pagoh-Panchor and Sungai Mati road, are not accessible to traffic. He said overall, the water level in most rivers in Johor were at the alert stage, with Segamat River in Buluh Kasap having a reading of 10.7 metres, Muar River (6.4m), Bekok River (6.6m) and Sembrong River (4.11m). Skudai River in Johor Baharu is at the normal level at 6.29 metres while the Bekok Dam is at the warning level of 8.5m, Empangan Semberong at the danger level (12.05m) and Machap Dam at the warning level, with a reading of 17.2m. So far, eight people have died in the floods in Johor, and efforts to trace Mohamed Lokman Zakaria, 17, a helper at a supermarket in Kota Tinggi district, feared to have drowned, continued this morning.

Meanwhile, in PAHANG, the number of evacuees at 18 relief centres in two districts in Pahang rose to 2,688 from 2,009 last night, with most of them staying near the river where the water level had slightly risen. A spokesman of the Pahang police contingent headquarters said that up till 8am today, 1,146 victims were still placed at 12 relief centres in Rompin and another 1,542 at six relief centres in Pekan. In Melaka, the number of flood victims in 12 relief centres in the state has gone down to 4,200 this morning as against 4,438 last night. A spokesman of the Melaka flood operations room said Jasin accommodated the highest number of evacuees with 3,785 while Melaka Tengah with 415. The weather remained cloudy this morning despite the absence of rain.


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