|A member of the rescue team helping flood victims at Kampung Pogoh 2 to evacuate in Segamat on Wednesday. Source ; The Star.|
by shaun ho
|Relief effort: A Royal Malaysian Air Force helicopter delivering aid to flood victims in Kuantan.|
KUALA LUMPUR: The Army has sent in troops to help flood relief efforts in Pahang, Terengganu and Johor.
The relief operation, named Ops Murni, was announced at 4.50pm on Tuesday, and assets and troops were sent to flood-hit zones on Wednesday.
A statement from the Defence Ministry said 190 soldiers from twelve Royal Malay Regiments (Mechanised), one Royal Armoured Corp, as well as 35 Special Forces personnel have been sent to Pahang.
Helping hand: Army personnel helping to evacuate victims who were stranded during the flooding in Kampung Sungai Isap in Kuantan.Source : The Star
Evacuation efforts are being undertaken in the districts of Kuantan, Maran, Pekan, Rompin dan Jerantut with 16 boats, 16 three-tonne trucks and four Land Rovers.
Six seven-tonne trucks were also ordered there, with two others sent to Terengganu.
In Johor, 32 soldiers from a Royal Ranger Regiment with two boats, two three-tonne trucks and two seven-tonne trucks were sent to assist with evacuation in Batu Pahat, Muar, Kota Tinggi, Kluang, Segamat dan Mersing.
The statement also said the Kuantan air base has been assisting the National Security Council to monitor seven flood relief centres since Monday.
"A Nuri helicopter from the Search and Rescue Squadron rescued four flood victims and sent them to the relief centre at SMK Paya Besar," said the statement.
So far, an estimated 20,378 evacuees have been placed in 164 relief centres.