Sand­bags to keep ti­dal wa­ters at bay

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

IPOH: Bunds in coastal ar­eas in Kedah and Se­lan­gor will be raised with sand­bags in an­tic­i­pa­tion of high tides in the mid­dle of this month and Novem­ber.

Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Agency di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Zaitun Sa­mad said the agency ex­pects tides as high as five me­tres, which will breach the cur­rent sea bar­ri­ers.

“The cur­rent 2.5m and 3m bunds will not be able to with­stand the high tide and we need to raise them,” she told re­porters af­ter closing the fo­rum on prepa­ra­tions for dis­as­ters and launch­ing the dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness month for Perak yes­ter­day.

The high tides are ex­pected be­tween Oct 14 and 19 and from Nov 13 to 17.

Last month, high tides caused floods and res­i­dents had to be evac­u­ated in Perak, Kedah and Se­lan­gor.

Zaitun also said the ex­ist­ing bunds had sunk and the sand­bags will raise the height to keep wa­ter from over­flow­ing.

“This is a tem­po­rary mea­sure to tackle the tides while build­ing new bunds needed al­lo­ca­tion, and the mat­ter will be han­dled by higher au­thor­i­ties,” she added.

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