Over $3.5b needed to overcome flash flood problems in Malaysia

Over $3.5b needed to overcome flash flood problems in Malaysia
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

PUTRAJAYA - An estimated RM9.32 billion (S$3.6 billion) is needed to overcome flash floods in towns nationwide, which includes the construction of town drainage systems.

The estimation was made by the Drainage and Irrigation Department following a study in 2013.

Its findings was tabled at the ninth National Water Resources Council meeting here Tuesday, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Also present were Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel; Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali.

According to a statement issued by the council's secretariat, the fund is also to be used for "quick win" short-term solution and preparing the Town Environmental Friendly Drainage Masterplan.

It added that the meeting was informed that 102 towns had been identified with critical flash flood problems.

"Among the reasons were the unusual amount of rain and the inability of the existing drainage system to handle the additional surface running water," said the statement.

The meeting also discussed the proposal on raw water sharing and supply of treated water between two neighbouring states as a platform to share raw water resources.

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