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Saturday October 15, 2005

Floods due to trash-clogged drains

MALACCA: Garbage, mainly plastic bags, trapped on a steel screen put to prevent thrash from flowing into the Malacca River, was blamed for the flash floods in parts of the city yesterday. 

Kampung Durian Daun, Pengkalan Rama, Jalan Bunga Raya – all situated near the Malacca River – were all submerged by knee-high water.  

HARD WORK: A worker removing rubbish from a drain outlet in Malacca to ease flash floods yesterday. A screen had been placed at the outlet to prevent rubbish entering the Malacca River.
Rosdin Baba, secretary of the village development and security committee of Pengkalen Rama Tengah, said the last flood that occurred there was some 35 years ago. 

Datuk Bandar Zaini Mohd Nor said two sets of screens placed at the drain outlet near the Majestic Hotel in Jalan Bunga Raya and behind the municipal court since August were temporarily removed yesterday to enable water to flow into the river. It resulted in the flood immediately subsiding.  

“Any amount of money spent on beautification projects will come to a naught if the people continue throwing garbage into the drains,” he said. 

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the floods were a self-inflicted disaster caused by the installation of the screens to filter garbage and a poorly planned drainage system.  


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