Ops Permai involving various rescue agencies carried out as authorities brace for floods

Dr Collin (left) checking on the progress of the exercise.

SIBU, Jan 20: More than 2,000 people were involved in the Sibu district flood disaster simulation exercise held at Permai Lake Garden today.

The ‘Ops Permai’ exercise which took place in conjunction with the In-Service Training (LDP) Sibu 2022 also involved 92 members from agencies under the Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC).

It was aimed at testing the preparedness and ability to coordinate the operations of the agencies involved during flood disasters.

Acting Chief of Sibu District Police Chief, Supt Dr Collin Babat said the exercise was held to test the readiness and capability of the agencies involved under SDDMC to handle flood disaster operations.

“This exercise also tests the level of ability to coordinate operations during flood disasters led by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and assisted by various agencies,” he told reporters at the function.

He said the agencies involved included the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, Sarawak Rivers Board, Civil Defense Department, Ministry of Health, Resident’s Office, Malaysian Armed Forces, Malaysian Welfare Department and others.

He was also satisfied with the smooth running of the training process and all those involved during the simulation, which was conducted from 8.30am to 12.30pm.

He also explained that the opening of the Temporary Evacuation Center (PPS) will be determined by the Sibu Divisional District Office.

“The location of the PPS in Sibu will be determined by the Sibu District Office where the PKOB Disaster Operations Control Center) and the Scene Control Center (PKTK) will be established,” he explained.

He said, among the PPS locations that have been proposed include SMK Deshon, SMK Bukit Assek and Dewan Kampung Jeriah. — DayakDaily