RM3m to repair banks
> Amount will also help prepare for second high tide phenomenon
KUALA LUMPUR: The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has allocated RM3 million to repair banks damaged by the high tide phenomenon and make preparation for the coming second wave.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, said the allocation would be distributed in stages to the parties concerned for the bank structure repairing works in affected areas.
“The work involves restoration works on the damaged banks besides preparation works to face the second wave forecast to occur from Oct 16 to 18.
“Among the states involved are Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Selangor and Penang. Even though some of the states are not governed by Barisan Nasional, we do not play politics.
“We are trying to save the people and be fair,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after officiating the Survey and Mapping Department underground utility detecting equipment test lab customer service centre here yesterday.
It was reported that several areas in the peninsula were affected by the high tide phenomenon on Sept 19 which damaged the banks along rivers and coast causing floods.
These areas are also expected to be at high risk from the second wave phenomenon and warnings had been issued to residents to evacuate for their own safety.
Wan Junaidi said the high tide phenomenon occurred globally and all affected countries including Malaysia were addressing it with better planning.
General operations force personnel placing sand bags to act as bunds against the possible high tides in Kampung Tok Muda, Kapar, Selangor.