MIRI: A total of RM25mil will be spent to mitigate the serious flood woes affecting residents in two populated zones in Miri city – EcoPark and Taman Tunku.
The state government is giving the money for urgent flood mitigation projects in these flood-hotspots.
Due to the urgency involved, the mitigation projects are being carried out now, said Miri Mayor Adam Yii.
He said the flood prone areas in these densely populated residential estates needed extensive drainage realignment.
He said the money is being disbursed to the assigned contractors to get the job done.
“The main focus is to improve the water discharge system.
“There is urgent need to enable better water flow in the council’s drainage system so that a bigger volume of water can be discharged.
“With this, flash floods can be minimised,” he said.
Yii is confident the mitigation projects can be completed before the rainy season during the months of January and February.
“Two days ago there were flash floods yet again after several hours of downpour.
“Last yearend saw many areas that were seldom flood-hit being inundated by severe flash floods, raising alarm bells,” he said.
He said the federal ministries must channel additional funds to the state and local councils for the implementation of more flood mitigation projects.