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Residents Await Delayed Flood Mitigation Project

Posted on 20 Jan 2024
Source of News: New Sarawak Tribune

Uggah inspects the landslide area affecting the Ulu Layar Road near the Nanga Mutok longhouse.
 
 
DEBAK: Folks here will soon see flood as ‘a thing of the past’ as the flood mitigation project has now been implemented.

In stating this, Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas pointed out that the said project here is now at nine per cent done.

“We will talk to the Drainage and Irrigation Department to speed up its completion since it was started after the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

He said this when met by the media during his visit to the 364 flood victims at the Dewan Millenia and Dewan Perpaduan temporary evacuation centres here today.

Commenting on the flood situation in the state, he said that four temporary evacuation centres had been set up including two in Bintulu Division for eight families in the town area which was affected by a recent storm and in Sungai Muput, Anap in Tatau involving 37 flood victim families.
  
“I have directed our disaster management committees at divisional and district levels to be activated since yesterday to face any eventuality during the monsoon this year.

“In Sarawak, the flood season is usually expected toward the end of January until February. Now, we are facing the flood,” he said.

Following this, he expressed his hope that those staying in any flood prone areas will heed any evacuation advice for their own safety.

“Thank God, so far, we have not received any report of them refusing or reluctant to be evacuated,” he said.

Also accompanying him during his visit were Betong MP Dr Richard Rapu and Saribas assemblyman Datuk Mohd Razi Sitam.

After his visit Uggah accompanied by Richard and Betong Divisional JKR Jason Ng visited the Ulu Layar Road to check on a major landslide affecting the stretch of road in front of the Ng Mutok longhouse.

Looking at the situation, he advised motorists to exercise extreme care when passing through the affected stretch.


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