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Fewer flash floods had MBKS received fed funds – Mayor
Posted on : 22 Jan 2019  Source of News: The Borneopost Online

KUCHING: Flash floods in Kuching South City Council (MBKS) areas would be less of an issue had RM150 million in federal funding been channeled to the council to improve drains in three strategic locations last year.

Kuching South mayor Datuk James Chan said the three locations are Lintang Park, Durian Burung and Sungai Tabuan Dayak, and that the RM150 million which MBKS did not receive would have definitely helped the situation.

“When it rains heavily for more than an hour, there would be flash floods at some locations like (Jalan) Hup Kee and Tabuan Dayak areas.

“We are aware of this because the drains we have at the moment are not able to take the volume of water,” he said in a press conference after chairing a full council meeting yesterday.

Chan said the federal funds were supposed to be channelled to the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to carry out drain improvement works in MBKS areas.

Though it did not receive the RM150 million, he disclosed that MBKS did receive RM15 million from the federal government last year for drain repair and maintenance.

“We repaired those old, old drains to speed up the flow of water, and the water did flow faster after the drains were repaired because there were no more blockages.

“It’s not that MBKS is doing nothing (to address flash floods); we did repair those old, old drains,” he said.

Chan also advised those residing in low-lying areas to be more cautious when heavy rainfall coincides with the King Tide.

On the repair and maintenance of old drains, he said the council is currently working on improving those at Ellis Road.

He said among the areas where drains were upgraded last year were Hui Sing Garden, Tabuan Jaya and Kenyalang Park.

It is learnt that drains measuring over 1.5-metres wide are categorised as trunk drains, and fall under the jurisdiction of Sarawak DID.