Remedial works on collapsed roads, bridge in Pitas will be from emergency fund, says state JKR

Low lying villages in Pitas continue to be under water despite improving weather in the northern regions of the state.

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Public Works Department (JKR) will use the emergency allocation to carry out repair works in flood-hit Pitas district.

State JKR director Ali Ahmad Hamid said among the remedial works were several stretches of flooded roads and a damaged bridge at Sungai Paparoun Telaga Pitas, following a downpour earlier this week.

He said the department would be utilising the fund to expedite works and connectivity to the affected villages as soon as possible.

"JKR and district engineers have already visited the areas to gauge the damage and prepare the reports.

"We will come up with an estimate of the repair costs soonest, '' he said in a statement on Friday (Jan 15).

On Thursday (Jan 14), he led a team to inspect the site of the broken bridge.

Among the damaged roads were Jalan Suang Duyung-Layak at KM0.25 and KM4.25 stretches, about 50km from Pitas town.

Ali Ahmad said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, who is also state Works Minister, has been briefed on the floods situation affecting Pitas.

Bung Moktar had ordered the department to take immediate action.

Pitas was one of the districts flooded following heavy rainfall and high-tide phenomenon, which also saw some landslides occurring.

Some 13 villages with 4,000 residents lost connectivity when the bridge collapsed and washed away by the strong currents on Monday (Jan 11).

Ali Ahmad also said the department was in the midst of carrying out cleaning-up works and maintenance on roads affected by soil erosion.

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