Local council urged to maintain drains regularly

Dr Kelvin Yii

KUCHING: The flash flood in some parts of the city following a heavy downpour this morning (Feb 19) was likely caused by clogged drains.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said his team had assessed the heavily affected areas and would present a report to the local council for the necessary actions.

“Thankfully it is not king tide, so the area affected was likely due to drainage issues where it probably wasn’t maintained or cleaned properly.

“We are monitoring these areas and we will send the report to the local council so that they can clear the drains and if possible, make the necessary changes,” he said in a Facebook live session today.

Dr Yii said many areas in the city were affected by the recent flash flood including houses as well as the main roads.

“We have noticed that there were flooding at Jalan Mendu, at the KMC flat. I was told that Jalan Laksamana and Rock Road were also affected,” he said.

The MP also noted that in some areas traffic was at a standstill because the road was impassable to motor vehicles.

Yesterday, several residents at Kampung Sinar Budi Baru, Batu Kawa were evacuated due to flash flood after the continuous rain.

Rescue teams from the Civil Defence Department and Fire and Rescue Services Department were busy ferrying flood victims to safety at temporary relief centres.

Among the other affected areas were Taman Univista, Taman Muara Tuang, Mile 7 to Mile 11 Jalan Penrissen, Samarindah and several low-lying areas in Muara Tuang.

Reports of a fallen tree at Kampung Haji Baki and Jalan Ensengei in Serian were also received, with residents in affected areas urged to exercise caution.