RM15m for flash flood prevention
> Work scheduled to begin in March: Mayor
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is allocating RM15 million for the implementation of various projects to prevent flash floods in the federal capital next year.
Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said they included the RM10 million flood mitigation project at Botany Park, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (Jalan Duta) and areas surrounding Universiti Malaya.
He said other projects included upgrading of the drainage in Jalan Awan Besar OUG and Taman Yarl (RM3 million) and at Taman Sentosa, Jalan Klang Lama (RM2 million).
He hoped these measures will overcome flash flood problems in the city.
Mhd Amin said work on the projects is scheduled to begin in March.
He said DBKL, with the cooperation of several agencies, such as the Public Works Department (JKR), Fire and Rescue Department and the Civil Defence Force, will be on standby to meet any emergencies as a result of flash floods in the city.
“We are always on the alert and follow the weather report by the Meteorology Department and are prepared to activate the flood operations room in Jalan Tun Razak on short notice.
“If flash flood occurs, we will deviate traffic to alternative roads,” he added.
Meanwhile, director of the National Weather Operation and Geophysics Centre at the Meteorology Department, Zahari Abdullah said the federal capital is expected to receive heavy rainfall of 350mm this month.
He did not rule out the possibility of flash floods occurring in the federal capital within the next few days.
He said the weather is expected to return to normal next month.
The Meteorology Department yesterday issued a warning of thunderstorm, heavy rain and strong winds in several areas, including Kuala Lumpur, until this afternoon. – Bernama
JKR workers clearing a landslide area at Bukit Mutiara, Tanjung Bungah yesterday.