JOHOR BARU: Urban dwellers are advised to be prepared for flash floods during the rainy season from next month until early next year as predicted by the Meteorological Department.
Johor Baru City council (MBJB) Mayor Datuk Amran A. Rahman said apart from the predicted heavy rain, ongoing construction works in areas under MBJB’s jurisdiction could also lead to flash floods.“Strong winds could uproot trees and cause damage to roads and public infrastructure, as well as cause power disruption, ’’ he said.
Amran said in view of all this, MBJB would focus on cleaning and maintaining flood prone areas such as Taman Mount Austin.
“We will look into the drainage system and clear clogged drains and undergrowth.
“Clogged drains are among the main reasons for flash floods.
“The public must refrain from dumping waste indiscriminately, especially into drains, ’’ he said.
Taman Molek Zone councillor Stephanie Wang Pei Shi said lack of maintenance was the main factor for flash floods in the area.
“An uprooted tree fell into a monsoon drain and blocked the water flow, leading to the flash floods, ’’ she said.
Wang said MBJB should take action against contractors who failed to carry out their work well.
“They should be made accountable for their poor performance which led to the flash floods.
“A merit system should be in place to gauge the performance of contractors and points should be calculated based on their previous contracts and complaints against them, ’’ she said.
She also suggested the eight percent penalty on late completion fee should be increased to ensure contractors finished their work by the stipulated date to minimise inconvenience to tax payers.