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Saturday October 15, 2005
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.
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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