CM Wants Quick Action On Flood Mitigation Facility

KOTA KINABALU: Kota Belud needs a flood mitigation facility quickly instead of another study to solve its flood woes.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal who pointed this out said money was allocated but not spent specifically on the project to resolve the problem in the district.

“The federal government had prepared RM50 million two years ago but unfortunately the money was used for a study,” he said to reporters after visiting flood victims at Dewan Tun Said in the district here today.

“There’s no need to do a study because we already know what is causing the floods … there are rivers that need to be deepened and widened. And there are rivers that are disconnected which we need to fix.

“So this flood mitigation project must be achieved the soonest. I will ask the state secretary to look into this and expedite the matter.”

Shafie said he had also got in touch with the Department of Drainage and Irrigation to assist as well.

“The sand dredging work is a bit slow although I was made to understand several contractors had been appointed previously.”

He also wants those appointed sometime ago to look after the  maintenance of the drains in Kota Belud to carry out their responsibility.

Besides sand, he said he also found wood debris in the drainage systems which could impede the smooth flow of water, thus, being one of the causes of the flooding.