Tuan Ibrahim: Flood mitigation plan for Kuala Krai soon

PETALING JAYA: An environmentally-friendly drainage master plan (Pisma) will be implemented in Kuala Krai, Kelantan, soon to resolve longstanding flash flood woes there.

Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said it was part of a proposed long-term flood mitigation initiative under the 12th Malaysia Plan.

"The ministry, through the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), applied for allocations under the 12th Malaysia Plan.

"Hopefully all development plans would comply with Pisma to avoid flooding woes in the future," he said.

He said this in response to a written question from Kuala Krai MP Abdul Latiff Abdul Rahman on steps taken to resolve frequent flash floods along the Bukit Sireh-Kuala Nal route.

Tuan Ibrahim noted that Kg Bukit Sireh in Mukim Mengkebang, Kuala Krai, and other surrounding villages including Kg Cendulang, Kg Pasir Jering, Kg Dusun Ban, Kg Batu Pagar, Kg Dusun Bunut and Kg Kebun Pisang were prone to flash floods when it rains for more than three hours at the Sungai Nal water catchment area.

The Sungai Bedal tributary is unable to sustain the excess running water, which overflows to the surrounding area.

"Heavy rain upstream also contributes to flooding in Kg Bukit Sireh," he said in a written reply to a question raised in Parliament.

Another contributing factor is an imperfect drainage system, he noted.

"The ministry, through DID, applied for allocation under the 12th Malaysia Plan for Sungai Bedal conservation works to increase its capacity and improve flow rate, especially during downpours as well as to upgrade the existing drainage systems, apart from building a flood reservoir," he said.

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