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Monday September 23, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday September 23, 2013 MYT 7:53:06 AM
by christina tan
One of the drains in Batu Pahat which residents complained that the water subsides very slowly.
BATU PAHAT: Heavy rains recently have caused flash floods and stagnant water at several housing areas in the district said Penggaram assemblyman Gan Peck Cheng.
She urged local authorities to take quick actions to resolve the issues to prevent possible floods and environmental hazard to residents.
Parit Ahmad, Jalan Tanjung Laboh near Taman Banang Jaya and Taman Santalia in Tongkang Pechah were among the affected areas, she said.
“Residents in Parit Ahmad complained that the water would start flowing into their homes even when it rains for only 30 minutes and the water takes a long time to subside,” she said.
In Taman Santalia, residents were facing problems with stagnant water at the drains near their homes and fear that it could cause mosquitoes to breed and produce and may lead to dengue, she said.
“The water level rose during a heavy rain last week and the water was standing still for the next several days despite sunny the sunny skies.
“People are worried that the water level will rise further and cause flood,” she said after visiting the housing estate recently.
Gan believed that the stagnant water problems were due to human factors and urged the local authorities to ensure proper drainage before issuing any permits for new development plans near any residential homes.
She said it was to prevent the existing housing areas from becoming the victims of environmental problems.
Besides calling the people to clean up their own homes, Gan said the state health department should also pay attention to environment around residential homes and prevent mosquitoes breeding by carrying out frequent inspections.
Gan also added that a total of 94 dengue cases were reported in the first seven months of this year, an increase of 51.6% or 62 cases compared with same period last year, according to a reply that she received from state health and environment exco Datuk Ayub Rahmat during the state assembly meeting in August.
Gan said she would write to the state exco and hoped the authorities would take action to resolve the issues soon.
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