Special committee to address flash flood woes in Melaka

MELAKA: A special committee, comprising elected representatives and relevant departments, will be formed in each district to address flash flood issues in Melaka, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali (pic).

He said over 20 flash flood prone locations believed to be due to poor drainage problems have been identified.

“Yesterday’s floods were not caused by stagnant floodwaters but an overflow of water that could not pass through.

“The situation improved after a few hours but there are areas where flash floods repeatedly occur,” he told Bernama.

“So, we discussed the matter on Thursday. We want to enable all parties to come up with suggestions to jointly resolve the issue of flash flood in their respective areas,” he told reporters after visiting the Melaka City Historic Council (MBMB) market here yesterday.

Sulaiman said upgrading works such as maintenance and improving drainage were currently being carried out. These included areas frequently hit by flash floods.

“The situation in several flood-prone areas such as Jasin is improving with the upgrading works.

“Some projects are being implemented while some are at the tender level. Insya Allah, with these improvements, we can reduce the state’s flood woes,” he added.

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