24-hour watch on area downstream of dam

24-hour watch on area downstream of dam

PETALING JAYA - The Government has allayed fears of those living downstream of the Sultan Abu Bakar dam.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said personnel were keeping a close watch on the area around the clock.

"For the time being, the authorities are on a 24-hour standby to monitor the situation there," he said in an e-mail interview.

Photographs of the "full" Ringlet lake, which leads to the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam, have ignited fears among residents who were worried as last year, water released from the dam destroyed their homes in Bertam Valley, lea­ving four dead.

Palanivel said victims would be relocated to temporary shelters if there was any sign of flooding and they would remain there until it was completely safe for them to return home.

"For those affected by the recent floods, we will provide them with some immediate assistance," he said.

Palanivel said what was needed was a flood mitigation plan for Cameron Highlands as a whole.

"We cannot do piecemeal jobs. I have instructed the Drainage and Irrigation Depart­ment to draw up a comprehensive plan. Once I have this plan, I will request for special allocation to carry out the project," he said.

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