SEREMBAN: Logging activities were not the cause of flash floods in Johol on Monday (May 16), says Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
The state government, the Mentri Besar said, had not issued any logging licences for the area.
"Johol was not the only area affected by flash floods in the state on Monday as we had similar situations in Ampangan, Seremban, Nilai, Pantai and Port Dickson.
"Based on reports, flash floods were caused due to continuous heavy rain," he said.
More than a hundred people in Johol had to be evacuated to two relief centres.
Several stretches along Jalan Kg Batu-Inas were also temporarily closed due to landslides.
Johol assemblyman Saiful Yazan Sulaiman said floods had been regular recently and that he had raised the matter with the Drainage and Irrigation Department.
He said land-clearing activities and the opening of plantations could have caused the flash floods.
Saiful Yazan also asked if the state government had allowed logging activities in Johol, which could have been a contributing factor.
Aminuddin said the Negri Sembilan Foundation had leased land to a company to plant durian trees in the area a few years ago.
"We need to check if the company has complied with conditions such as building retention ponds, which are part of the agreement," he said.