She said cleanliness has to be part of the culture and ingrained as a responsibility.
Besides maintenance issues, floods could happen if the public were negligent in cleanliness resulting in the drainage system getting clogged up, she added.
“We face floods every year. But to change the public’s attitude so they become more responsible will still take some time.
“There’s this attitude where we are unconcerned until it happens to us. During the time when there is no flood is where we are trying to raise awareness of readiness,” she said after inspecting the disaster depot at Kompleks Penyayang Kuantan here yesterday.
She said the northeast monsoon, expected to last until March next year, would affect lowlands and urban areas with unmaintained irrigation systems.
On flood preparations, Dr Wan Azizah said she was told supplies had already been distributed to every district in Pahang.
She said supplies such as mattresses, food, partitions and tents were enough to accommodate victims for three to five days.
Up to 429 flood-prone areas had nbeen identified in Pahang, while 118 forward bases and 662 relief centres had been prepared, she added.
Dr Wan Azizah had earlier attended a gotong-royong activity in Kampung Gudang Rasau and visited the Sungai Belat flood mitigation project site.
She said the project worth RM118.4mil was expected to be completed by Jan 2021.
Also present were state secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh and Teruntum assemblyman Sim Chon Siang.