Move to resolve flood issue

KOTA KINABALU: State government-linked company Sabah Economic Development Corporation (Sedco) will take the lead in flood mitigation management for flood-prone Beaufort district.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, who visited evacuees at Dewan Datuk Sri Panglima Mohd Dun Banir relief centre yesterday, said this would include proposed measures to deepen the Padas River and realigning its riverbanks, among other measures.

“On the part of the state government, we will take into consideration all proposals because we are not going to relent in our efforts to address the flood problem in Beaufort, ” he said.

Beaufort is one of the districts that experienced serious flooding following downpour and the high tide phenomenon last week. The district is also known to be flood-prone, especially if heavy rains occurred in the interior divisions of Tenom and Keningau, causing the river passing by the town to overflow.

Hajiji presented flood evacuees with cash assistance and food baskets, which were also given to flood victims in other districts.

He assured that the state government would do its best to assist the flood victims.

The Chief Minister said while it was unfortunate that flood had been a problem in Beaufort for quite some time, causing much hardship to the people there, it was vital that the residents comply with directives, particularly when it comes to evacuating and moving to higher ground.

In general, he said those at the temporary shelters statewide were advised to always observe the Covid-19 SOP set by the government.

“We don’t want them to be victims of flood and Covid-19 too, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Hajiji also visited the Padas Bridge and Kampung Pimping Paddy Cluster area in Membakut which were flooded.

According to data from the state disaster management committee secretariat, five districts remained affected by floods, with a total of 642 evacuees still located at 10 relief centres as at 4pm yesterday.

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