RM3m to re­pair banks

> Amount will also help pre­pare for sec­ond high tide phe­nom­e­non

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.

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