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.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Siblings among three killed in head-on collision on Jalan Kuching
Less is better (Sweet tooth)
CoronaVac vaccine arrives in Malaysia
KJ: I’ll take next approved vaccine to instil confidence
Malaysians are thankful for the lifeline
‘Bob Mah Sing’ and suspected accomplice in ramming incident caught
Malaysia still saddled with foreign waste cargo
Mardi’s two new padi varieties set to boost rice yields
EPF navigates safely through pandemic-stricken 2020
Dividend payout a welcomed bonus for Malaysians

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers