abuan Dayak was one of the impacted areas due to the Friday night’s heavy downpours.

KUCHING: Heavy downpours that resulted in a flash flood at some places in the city last Friday (July 17) night underlined the need for a proper plan to mitigate its impact, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii stressed.

He said while a RM150 million flood mitigation plans is in the works, a follow up is needed to check on the progress of the project.

“I’m monitoring the updates, and in Parliament, I will continue to raise and follow up on the RM150 million flood mitigation project for Bandar Kuching to fully address this long-term problem properly,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday night.

On Friday night, Dr Yii visited the flood sites in the city that saw the rising water level requiring the help of Bomba, Police and other agencies to help with the situation.

“The project, which is now under the purview of the state’s Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) is slated to start its physical construction in 2021 and is expected to take about four years.

“The detailed designing process including land acquisition and investigation of the federal-funded project would have been carried out from December 2019 to December 2020,” he said.

Dr Yii expressed hope that the process to implement the project will be expedited so that flood problems will no longer cause inconveniences to the public.