State seeks RM48mil from Putrajaya to fix flood damage

Mohd Solihan: Landowners must follow the rules in their respective land grants.

JOHOR has requested almost RM50mil in allocation from the Federal Government to fix the damage left by the recent floods in the state.

State works, transportation and infrastructure committee chairman Mohd Solihan Badri said the Johor government had identified 78 areas in five districts that were badly damaged due to the recent heavy rainfall and floods.

“The bad weather and floods have caused sedimentation and slope collapse at 55 locations along federal roads and 23 locations on state roads.

“This is a huge loss. The state government has applied for an allocation from Works Ministry, which will enable repairs to be carried out as soon as possible, ” he said, speaking to reporters in Johor Baru.

He said the Johor government would also carry out more detailed tests on slopes located along federal and state roads in districts such as Kluang, Johor Baru, Kota Tinggi and Mersing.

“The allocation we requested from the ministry consists of RM40mil for federal roads and another RM8.27mil for state roads, ” he elaborated.

He added that the allocation was not only meant for repair works but it was also to upgrade the roads to make sure they would not be submerged in floodwaters again.

At the same time, Mohd Solihan reminded landowners in the state to always monitor their property.

He noted that there were some landowners who were involved in agricultural activities that failed to follow the regulations issued by the authorities.

“They (landowners) did not follow the regulations and did not look after the hillslopes on their land; that could endanger everyone.

“These landowners plant crops until the edge of the road.

“I advise them to follow the rules in their respective land grants, ” he added.

Mohd Solihan said landowners must take necessary steps to make sure that there was no erosion on their land, because any negligence on their part would lead to huge losses for the government.

Johor suffered its worst floods in recent years due to continuous heavy rainfall since New Year’s Day, forcing thousands of people in several districts to seek shelter at temporary relief centres in districts such as Batu Pahat, Segamat, Mersing, Kluang, Pontian, Kulai, Johor Baru and Kota Tinggi.

The floods also saw three deaths recorded in the state, while Jalan Kota Tinggi-Kluang was closed to all vehicles due to landslides.

Improved weather in recent days had allowed flood victims to return home and for authorities to close all temporary relief centres.

It was reported on Jan 18 that state health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the two temporary relief centres in Segamat and Batu Pahat had been closed.

“All 93 victims from 23 families in the two districts have also been allowed to return home, ” Vidyananthan said in a statement.

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