The Star News : Wednesday February 11, 2009
Taiwan disaster reduction centre to study two sites
KUANTAN: Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Centre for Disaster Reduction will conduct a study of flood-prone Sungei Lembing in Pahang and landslide-prone Bukit Antarabangsa in Selangor.
A four-member team led by its director Dr Chen Liang-Chun has been invited by the National Crisis Relief Squad of MCA (CRSM) to draw up crisis-management training programmes and measures to mitigate problems affecting the two places.
Sungei Lembing, which is about 48km from here, is prone to flooding during the monsoon season while Bukit Antarabangsa has been affected by several landslides.
CRSM chairman Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said the team was on a fact-finding mission to collect data about the two sites as well as gather information on the crisis relief system implemented by the squad.
“The centre has the experts who have vast experience in crisis-management during natural disasters,” she said after visiting several flood-prone areas in Sungei Lembing here yesterday.
Also present were Pahang CRSM chairman and Semambu assemblyman Datuk Phang Tsu Ming, Paya Besar MCA chief Ng Fook Heng and CRSM adviser Datuk Dr Soh Chai Hock.
Chew said the NCDR team and CRSM would visit Bukit Antarabangsa today and it would be followed by a discussion.
She also said Sungei Lembing had been identified as a training site for all CRSM units nationwide on flood crisis management as residents in the small town had already formed its own committee.