Reconnecting flood-hit areas in Johor

BAGAN DATUK: Part of the additional allocation of RM150mil announced on Friday will be used for the construction of Bailey bridges in flood-affected areas in Johor, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said the construction invol- ved collapsed roads including in Sekijang.

“Its MP has told me the need for a Bailey bridge (there).

“The district-level coordinating committee will be able to install the Bailey bridge before the repairs and upgrading of the roads are completed,” he told reporters at the Bagan Datuk Umno division delegates meeting here yesterday, Bernama reported.

On Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ordered all government machinery to help in post-flood operations in Johor and approved an additional allocation of RM150mil for this.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Zahid said post-flood works at about 15 affected schools in Johor are being carried out to ensure students can return to school for the 2023/2024 academic calendar scheduled for today.

He asked parents to be patient if the schools involved are still unable to operate and said the government, through the central disaster committee, and the state and district disaster committees were trying to coordinate recovery work.

“The stagnant floodwaters happening in five districts in Johor will recede because there’s no more rain, and work to pump out floodwaters is being carried out.

“There is the addition of high-powered pumps for low-lying areas,” he added.

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