Sabah seeks federal aid for urgent flood mitigation works

Sabah seeks federal aid for urgent flood mitigation works

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah seeks fund from Putrajaya for urgent flood mitigation works in three districts, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

He said some RM45 million (S$17.6 million) was needed for the construction of new drainage works in Penampang, Inanam and Putatan to channel water away from flood prone areas more efficiently.

Musa said the floods, which inundated Penampang and parts of Inanam as well as Menggatal, was caused by unusual rainfall in the state over eight days.

"The Meteorological Services De­partment said the amount of rain that fell over the west from Oct 3 to Oct 10 was equivalent to the average amount in a month," he said after being briefed by senior state infrastructure officials at the Penampang District Office here.

Musa said the existing drainage system had difficulty in coping with the sudden surge in excess water.

Earlier in his briefing to Musa, Penampang district officer William Sampil said as many as 40,000 people from 70 villages were affected by Tuesday's floods with water reaching nearly 2 metre in some places.

State Drainage and Irrigation Department director Jeffery Ng said they had completed a flood mitigation plan for Penampang district, adding that it was estimated to cost about RM200 million.

He said most urgent was the construction of a drain that would channel excess rain water from Kampung Kibabaig, one of the worst hit flood areas, to a nearby monsoon drain.

Ng added similar by-pass drains were also needed at Kampung Rampayan at Inanam and at Kam­pung Sindil in Putatan.

Public Works Department director Datuk John Anthony said about RM14 million was required to repair the damage along the Penampang-Tambunan trunk road.

Another RM10 million was needed to repair a collapsed section of the road near Kampung Sunsuron near Tambunan, and RM4mil to repair a section of the road that had cracked near Pe­­nampang.

John said the repair work was estimated to take about four months to complete.

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