KOTA KINABALU – The application of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is important after a flood.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said flood victims have to be mentally ready and tough after undergoing severe floods due to the trauma they might have undergone.
Speaking after a meeting with Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid here today she stressed that a counselling unit must be prepared to visit evacuation centres to help victims come to term with their problems.
Men, women and children should be separated in time of evacuation, she said adding that a group activity would be easy for the victims.
Rohani said Counselor Board under the government department would send their counselor to the evacuation centre to create many suitable activities.
“We have sent two counselors in all evacuation halls to give counselling and therapy. There are talks for adults and children. Activities for children include colouring, drawing, games and many more. It’s important since it can help to ease the mind of victims,” she said.
She also mentioned that the flood condition in the Peninsula was still very bad where children could not go to school and still living in evacuation centres, but she stressed they were going about the best they can in their daily life.
She opined that hygiene kit, mat, collapsible partition, food and many more items are still needed.
Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid agreed and urged volunteers from around the state to work together in aiding the flood victims in future.
“It is crucial for them to work together in handling the flood situation,” Jainab added. – By Saila Saidie/Sayangsabah.