Disaster victims receive donations from JAPEM

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VICTIMS of recent disasters yesterday received $47,150 in donations collected through the Community Development Department (JAPEM).

The victims, comprising 58 families from Belait and Brunei-Muara Districts had suffered losses to their homes and livelihood sometime in January and February this year.

A mosque caretaker in Kg Lumapas who opted for anonymity said that his house was flooded even after barriers were put up to stop the floodwater from coming in.

“The flood came from a river beside our house and also through the toilet but because we live in a bungalow, it is easier for us to clean the house.”

“Most of our household items like wooden cupboards were destroyed by the water. Currently we are using plastic storage boxes. With the donation we just received, my family and I will be using it to buy more plastic storage boxes to keep our things safe.”

Another recipient, who suffered losses due to fire, said “We were relocated in a house provided by JAPEM. We will use the donation given to us to buy necessary household items such as kitchen utensils, beds and mattresses.”

Of the $47,150, 18 families from the Brunei-Muara district that were affected by floods received a total of $8500 while another 11 families who were hit by landslides received $9000.

Twenty four families affected by floods that occurred in the Belait District received a total of $12,000.

Another four families that suffered losses from fires in Kg Tanah Jambu, Kg Lumapas, Kg Limau Manis and Kumbang Pasang received a sum of $15, 150 while one family from Kg Setia ‘B’ whose house had collapsed received $2,500.

Handing out the donations to the families was Datin Paduka Hajah Adina Othman, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Acting director of JAPEM, Hajah Noridah Abdul Hamid as well as senior officials from the department were also present at the event.

The Brunei Times