Over RM1.6mil spent on flood relief until October

THE state government spent more than RM1.6mil out of RM2mil allocated to the Selangor Disaster Management Unit (SDMU) to help flood victims from January to October.

State infrastructure and public amenities, agricultural modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim said the state had given out flood relief of RM1,677,600 out of RM2,030,660 as at Oct 31.

Izham said this in reply to Mazwan Johar’s (PH-Sungai Ramal) question on the amount allocated for disaster relief.

Izham also said SDMU had allocated RM98,750 for flash floods.

“The disaster relief aid covers floods, flash floods, storms, fires and landslides.

“From January to October, SDMU gave out RM230,107 for storms, RM23,703 for fires and RM500 for a landslide incident.

“The funds were handed out to all nine districts, ” he said.

Izham said the top three districts to receive the disaster relief funds were Hulu Langat (RM831,500), Sepang (RM465,750) and Klang (RM163,250).

“Some districts that experienced storms, like Gombak, were given RM147,000 while Sabak Bernam received more than RM16,000 and Klang got RM15,300 to help victims, ” he said, adding that applications for relief funds were settled within three days from the time they were received.

“Where there are many victims, the district office gives out financial aid in phases based on the applications received, ” he explained.

On the high tide phenomenon that could cause floods along Selangor’s coastline, Izham said short- and long-term measures were in place to overcome the problem.

“Selangor’s Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS) does regular checks to ensure stability of the bunds along coastal areas.

“Checks are carried out each time before the high tide phenomenon occurs with minor repairs and upgrading done to the bunds, ” he said in reply to Dr Daroyah Alwi (Bersatu-Sementa).

Izham added that mobile operation pumps were activated in high-risk areas where high waves could breach the bunds.

“Long-term measures include conducting in-depth studies on coastal bunds and the change in sea levels.

“This plan has been put forward through the state government under the 12th Malaysia Plan, ” he said, adding that the plan would include studying 15 to 20-year-old bunds.

He said JPS had also applied for an RM36mil allocation under the 12th Malaysia Plan as funds were needed to strengthen the coastal bunds in the Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor and Sepang districts.

The bunds at Sementa, Kampung Tok Muda and Sungai Keramat were in good condition, Izham added.

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