1:45 pm - Saturday November 25, 2017

Flood risk in parts of Sarawak

WIEF/KUCHING

MO,14/11/2017, KUCHING: Sarawak may be hit by floods following the arrival of the monsoon season and a forecast of prolonged rainy spell until January. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said he did not discount the possibility of floods in some parts of the state as the rainy condition was expected to last until January.

He said the weak El-Nino weather condition worsened the situation as it contributed to the increase in rainfalls expected in Sarawak, Sabah, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and some parts of Johor. “States in the peninsular will experience similar weather patterns from February until the end of March, or early April next year.

“The problem (for Sarawak) has persisted because there is a likely pressure from the weak El-Nino leading to the increase in rainfall.

“Taking this into consideration, there is the possibility of several parts of the state being hit by floods,” he said after conducting a site visit to the drainage upgrading works in Kampung Tabuan Melayu, here.

Wan Junaidi assured the Sarawak people that the Federal Government had formulated a flood mitigation project to address the problem.

He said the government would roll out 16 flood mitigation projects, costing more than RM4 billion for several states, including two in Sarawak, beginning this month until April next year.

“Two of the projects will be implemented in Sibu and here,” he said, adding that the government had set aside RM150 million for the first phase of the project, here.

“This is part of the RM1.8 billion proposed for the state capital and is expected to be conducted in phases within the next 10 years,” he said.

–NSTP

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