Council welcomes inputs to mitigate flash floods

Peter minos speaking to the press. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) is urging members of the public to provide inputs to mitigate anticipated flash floods due to rains predicted over the area.

MPKS chairman Datuk Peter Minos said the council knows from experience the exact areas in Samarahan that are prone to flash floods.

“We have worked with the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) and the Public Works Department (JKR) on widening and deepening drains as well as clearing blockages in parts of clogged rivers among others,” he said.

However, he noted that inputs from the residents would enable the council to monitor and be aware on flooding details for prevention purposes.

He pointed out that inputs from members of the public and local residents were crucial to the council.

“We really need inputs from the public to solve common problems. This is very important, they cannot expect the council, DID or JKR to do all the jobs.

“We need time to get the funds, manpower and contractors to solve problems faced. The DID has its own flood mitigating policies, plans and programmes that are intensive and good.

“The weather is now very unpredictable, it is tough for any council to handle flash flood on its own,” he added.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has reported that Sarawak will be experiencing more wet days as thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected to occur daily which are expected to last until next month.