Thursday, January 8, 2015

Floods: Government to give 82,000 households one-off RM500 aid

A special aid of RM500 each will be given out to households badly affected by floods, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Deputy Prime Minister said an estimated 82,000 households would benefit from the one-off aid payment, which would be given out as soon as possible.

Muhyiddin said all affected victims had to first register with the authorities within a one-week timeframe.

"The Cabinet has agreed to give out this special aid after taking into account the magnitude of the floods this year to lessen the people's burden.

"The next-of-kin of 23 people who have lost their lives during the floods will also receive a payment of RM5,000 each," he said after chairing the Pahang floods co-ordination meeting at the district office here.

Muhyiddin said other forms of aid include three-day food rations for those who have returned to their homes, cost of living allowances for those who lost their homes and seeking shelter with relatives and other assistance such as gas stoves, pillows and mattresses.

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