Dr Annuar Rapaee


SIBU: Phase three of the Sibu flood mitigation project is expected to be completed by 2022, Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said.

He said the first and second phases of the project have been completed and were able to mitigate rising flood waters in Lanang in the recent flood that has affected various parts of the town here.

“The flood in Sibu was expected based on a data from the Department of Irrigation and Drainange (DID) and Meteorological Department where a king tide was reported at a height of 3.1 metres this morning (Sept 15).

“This is with heavy rain upstream of Rajang River, which has affected Sibu causing floods at low-lying areas, in Lanang, some parts of the town and villages near Igan,” he said when interviewed by Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) on its ‘Cerita Pagi Sarawak’ programme today (Sept 15).

Dr Annuar said while some parts of the town were inundated by flood, it has been mitigated by the construction of the Bakun dam as well as the first and second phases of the flood mitigation project.

“The flood mitigation project has elevated the low-lying areas so floodwater won’t overflow in the area. If there is an overflow of floodwater, it will be pumped back to the river using the installed water pumps.

“The flood mitigation project will be completed in two years’ time and once finished, it will be able to mitigate bigger floods in Sibu, which has been known as one of the lowest areas in the state,” he said.

On the Malaysia Day celebration, which will take place at Sibu Indoor Stadium today (Sept 16), the Nangka assemblyman said the programme will be held according to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) by the authorities.

“We limited the attendance to only 500 persons to ensure social distancing is practised. Besides that, audiences are urged to register themselves using the MySejahtera application as well as get their body temperatures checked,” he said.