KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10, 2015:
The Chinese government will supply 1,600 tents for flood victims nationwide, while United States will provide medicines to the country’s Armed Forces (ATM) hospital in Kelantan.
In revealing this, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the tents would come in two sizes, 12 square metres and 36 square metres, and was expected to be flown in next week by two Chinese airplanes.
“As for the medicines, ATM health department personnel are in touch with the US embassy here to decide on the medicines needed,” he said in a press statement today.
Hishammuddin went on to thank the Singapore government which provided five water purification units along with the country’s military personnel on Dec 31, 2014.
“Assistance from these three countries reflect their concern to the plight and difficulties faced by Malaysians affected by the flood disaster.”
It was reported four days ago that Hishammuddin had said that the three countries would be assisting Malaysia in the flood relief efforts.
He also revealed that as of yesterday, the Armed Forces had conducted 320 sorties via the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF) assets to supply 790 tonnes of supplies in “Ops Murni”.
The operation, launched on Christmas day, involved 3,765 ATM personnel.
“Since yesterday, 3,423.5 tonnes of supplies have been received by RMAF, of which 3,227 tonnes have been distributed.”
He added that the Sungai Buloh Defence Storage Depot had also sent 209 tonnes of supplies nationwide.
Hishammuddin said four small collection flood supply sub-centres located in Malacca, Kedah and Perak were operating well. He said the sub centres in Malacca had received 23 tonnes of supplies, Kedah 15 tonnes and Perak 62 tonnes, with all supplies already distributed.