Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

‘Master plan to solve flooding’

KOTA KINABALU: An effective flood mitigation plan should be put in place to overcome perennial flooding in the northern Kota Marudu district.

Describing Kota Marudu as one of Sabah’s wettest districts, Kota Marudu MP Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said that major expenditure was needed to overcome the flooding through a flood mitigation plan.

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“I believe a master plan should be put in place as it would finally put the flooding problems to rest here.

“Major capital investment to reduce the impact of floods will be much cheaper in the long run rather than ad-hoc remedial action to repair infrastructure and assist those affected by floods,” he said after visiting two flood-affected areas, Kampung Kuranji and Kampung Popok Laut, in the district’s Tandek area.

 

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He said that RM1.6bil had been spent over the last decade to resolve the problem of flooding in Kota Marudu.

“Some of these action plans have been implemented, but the amount of capital expenditure allocated has not been sufficient.

“This is being raised at both the federal and state government levels,” he said.

Dr Ongkili, who is Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, said it was important to resolve the problems soon.

“Kota Marudu always receives heavy rainfall.

“It has become common for floods to occur as water rushes down from the mountains and hills to Sungai Bandau and Kanarom,

“On the other hand, when there is two to three weeks of drought, there is insufficient river water at the district water treatment plants, thus clearly indicating the need to have water storage,” he added.

Hundreds were evacuated from their homes here due to floods following heavy rains earlier this week.


Source : TheStar