Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A great big flood after three decades!

All pixs by: Pasqualensa

Brace ourselves! This is only the beginning!

No shortage of food supply, but more needed!

Najib: Their safety and well being are of paramount concern.

No, this is not a lake, it was a padi field.

Volunteers from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). They came with their "stuff" to help without being asked to!

Hey you have to travel right?! Every which way you can!

Imagine the devastation!

Now you can see it!

Hey what can I say, life's a bitch, eh!

Hi people!

I was in Pekan, Pahang, during the flood period which is still ongoing, and nothing could have prepared me for what I saw there! An inundation of an area of a Biblical proportion!

You have to be there to see it and to believe it. It is not even the second wave yet for the flood, but when I left the water was still rising and it will get even worse and least until January, according to the weatherman.
Except for one death in Pekan, the 9,000 people affected or being relocated to the higher ground are out of harms way and there's plenty of food being supplied. So far Pekan itself is cut off from the main transportation arteries, but supply of basic essentials is constantly coming in, by air and by boats
According to the Member of Parliament for Pekan, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak, while people have to make do with a slightly cramped iving quarters their well being is taken care off. "There is no shortages of food and medical supplies. Come what may, Najib also said he will be spending his Hari Raya Haji in his constituency as a matter of tradition. "Except it will be a wee bit wet," he smiled.
The second wave of the big flood is expected to come and every precautionary measure is being considered to ensure the people's safety. However, more donation is needed, especially clothing, for the flood victims.
For those interested, donation or inquiry can be made directly to Balai Polis Paloh Hinai, in Pekan, Pahang (along the Kuantan-Segamat highway), by contacting OCS Sarjan Nordin at 019-9938957, or you can call the Dato' Shahlan Ismail, Special Officer to the Deputy Prime Minister at 019-2696011.

Thank you!


BigDogDotCom said...

Hope not much more devastation in the upcoming 'second wave', expected this Friday. Not a good manner to spend Hari Raya Aidil Adha to these ten of thousands.

Keep up the good work.

God bless............

P/S: BTW, my local MP was hurt when he met with an accident on her way to Pahang last week

Anonymous said...

hi pasquale,
it was very nice to meet u at the relief centre in lepar that day when u went on yr floods round. yes, the situation in pekan is really very bad. if the second wave do happened, i think even Najib's house on the bank of sungai pahang will be hit. the water was already at the same level as the river bank behind the house. the roads were still closed and the water running over it at about one metres deep was very fast. just came back from there yesterday. had to take a boat at the estuary of sungai cerok paloh to get back to kuantan. praying to Allah for the floods not to get worse. actually, there was a food shortage in the cut-off areas. heard there were even incidents where villagers threatened relief workers with parang because they suspected the food supplies intended for them had been stolen by the workers themselves. there were also unreported incidents of lootings at abandoned homes and business premises. i think najib, as the national disaster relief committee chairman has so far been doing a very good job in handling the situation but he need to do more to prevent such incidents. -