Bomba airlifts food aid to trapped Orang Asli

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GUA MUSANG – Some 169 orang asli families trapped by a mud flood that occurred on Sept 12 received a Fire and Rescue Services Department Malaysia (Bomba) helicopter delivery of 2,500kg of food aid this morning.

Bomba Air Unit public relations officer, assistant enforcer, Mohd Farhan Marzuki, said the helicopter left the Subang base at 9am, landed at the Gua Musang Bomba station at 10.10am to pick up the provisions and headed for Pos Gob at 10.45am.

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He said the request for relief came from the Department of Orang Asli Development (Jakoa) after a mud flood at 1am on Saturday forced 169 families (almost 500 people) to flee to a hill to save themselves and impacted road transport.

Nenggiri assemblyman, Ab Aziz Yusof, who led the distribution of food aid today, said: “I initiated the collection of food baskets and hope the people will be patient. We have been made to understand that even their cassava crop was destroyed.”

The helicopter made four trips and the operation wrapped up at 1pm.

— BERNAMA