File photo. Tinjar river, a tributary of Baram during low water level. Baram MP Jacob Dungau Sagan said they are in urgent need of funds to buy water pump.

File photo. Tinjar river, a tributary of Baram during low water level. Baram MP Jacob Dungau Sagan said they are in urgent need of funds to buy water pump.

More than 25,000 residents in Baram are in dire need of funds, in view of the current dry season, said Baram MP Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan here today.

Unlike other areas, he said Baram’s population was scattered over a wide area marked by a challenging geographical terrain which could not be served by supplying clean water through tankers.

He said to supply water using tankers was logistically impractical.

“What the people need now are more water pumps for use in their settlements,” he said after a handing-over ceremony involving minor rural project grants worth over RM100,000, to several organisations in Baram here.

Sagan, who is also deputy minister of international trade and industry, said he would discuss with colleagues in the relevant ministries to work out the allocations of pumps.

He added that the residents have been experiencing drought over the past two months in the district which is the size of Pahang in Peninsular Malaysia. — BERNAMA