Sibu council sets up task force following freak storm

Posted on 02 May 2023
Source of News: The Star
Firefighters clearing debris in Jalan Pahlawan after the freak storm.Firefighters clearing debris in Jalan Pahlawan after the freak storm.

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has set up a special disaster committee following a freak storm that hit Sibu, Sarawak, on April 6.

The committee, involving SMC staff and councillors, will be headed by SMC chairman Clarence Ting and assisted by deputy chairman Mohammad Abdullah Izkandar Rosely.

“The committee was set up so that SMC can be prepared for natural disasters in the future,” Ting said at the local council’s full board meeting.

“SMC hopes the committee can help minimise impact of disasters on the public.

“We will draw up emergency measures as precautionary steps against natural disasters,” he added.

Ting said climate change could bring about various forms of natural disasters like the recent freak storm.

The storm uprooted about 15 trees and blew away hundreds of roofs in various parts of Sibu.