RM15m for flash flood pre­ven­tion

> Work sched­uled to be­gin in March: Mayor

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.

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