Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today handed over RM10.51 million in federal aid to victims of the recent floods in the Miri division.

The amount included RM8.25 million to 27,500 families who were not evacuated during the floods, with each family receiving RM300, and RM2.18 million, of RM500 each family, to 4,375 families who were forced to evacuate.

Sixteen house owners whose dwellings were damaged in the floods received RM3,000 each. Four families who lost loved ones in the floods also receive RM3,000 each.

Najib said the federal government would study a proposal by the Sarawak government to give aid of RM1,000 each to farming households whose crops were damaged in the floods.

He said the government was also looking into the need to repair public utilities and infrastructure which were damaged in the floods, adding that the rehabilitation project under the Drainage and Irrigation Department cost RM133 million, while urgent projects under the Federal Development Department were estimated to cost RM115 million.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan said about 10,000 farming families suffered losses of about RM30 million in the floods.

He said the floods caused more than 2,000 people in the Niah district to be evacuated.

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