KOTA KINABALU: Residents in the state capital have called for an improved irrigation system to prevent flash floods after a boy drowned on Wednesday.
Netizens and leaders want authorities to implement the measures amid fears that more flash floods may occur.
Sepanggar MP Datuk Jumat Idris said local authorities and contractors carrying out maintenance work need to ensure that monsoon drains were debris-free.
“I often notice contractors leaving heaps of rubbish and dirt along the road shoulder and, after a while, they fall back into the drain,” he said in an interview.
Jumat’s constituency was among the worse hit by floods following a five-hour thunderstorm around Kota Kinabalu.
He said the flash floods were caused by high tide and excess drain water which could not be discharged into the sea quickly.
Likas assemblyman Junz Wong also urged the local authorities to come up with feasible measures to solve the problem.
“The present drainage system is inadequate as it has led to a number of flash floods in the city,” he added.
On Wednesday, roads in Tuaran, Telipok, Menggatal, Inanam, Penampang, Lido, Luyang, Kolombong and Bundusan were hit by flash floods.
Motorists were stranded and traffic slowed to a crawl until late evening in many low-lying areas.
By 7pm, many were seen cleaning their homes after the flood water subsided.