Johor floods: Almost 6,000 tonnes of debris cleared so far, says MP

JOHOR BARU: Close to 6,000 tonnes of flood detritus and rubbish have been collected from around Johor and sent to landfills by the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp), says Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir (pic).

The Johor Baru MP said the three landfills involved were Buloh Kasap in Segamat, Moakil in Labis, and Batu Empat in Kota Tinggi.

“A total of 5,925 tonnes of flood debris was sent to these landfills from March 3 until Saturday (March 25).

“Besides SWCorp, the cleanup operations also involved nine local councils.

"The highest amount collected was on March 14 and March 15, with 482 tonnes of rubbish picked up each day," the Deputy Local Government Development Minister told reporters after a Back to School Aid Programme at Dewan Flat Larkin here on Sunday (March 26).

Akmal Nasrullah added that cleanup operations in Segamat were completed on March 19, while those in Batu Pahat are expected to be done by Sunday.

“SWCorp will continue to work with local councils in going through villages in the district to ensure that no place is left unchecked.

“We want to make sure that all flood waste is removed as soon as possible to avoid (situations) that could affect the health of flood victims," he added.

SWCorp has also set up six temporary dumpsites in Yong Peng and Batu Pahat, namely at Taman Peri, Taman Universiti, Taman Kapal Layar, Jalan Labis-Yong Peng, Kampung Sri Ramunia, and Jalan Muar-Parit Sulong.

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