Friday, November 25, 2011

Sungai Lenek and Sungai Chaah to be cleaned up to mitigate floods

LABIS: The government is deepening and cleaning up two major rivers as part of its flood mitigation projects here.

Labis MP Datuk Chua Tee Yong said the rivers involved were Sungai Lenek and Sungai Chaah.

He added that the relevant agencies including district and state offices were on high alert and have been monitoring flood prone areas.

“As the government is ready in case of floods, we hope residents especially in low-lying areas will also take precautions during the rainy season now,” he told reporters after visiting Sg Lenek around the Chaah area recently.

Concerned : Chua (third left) visiting one of the counter set up for flood victims in Labis to collect flood relief fund.

Labis and Chaah were among the worst-hit areas during the floods in the state earlier this year.

Chua, who is also Agriculture and Agro-based Industry deputy minister, said MCA would also meet up with other Barisan Nasional component parties to discuss on preparation for floods such as identifying relief centres and also about the distribution of food when a flood occurs.

Chaah resident Wong Lee Yin, 50, said she hoped the government would informed them on what to do and where to go during a flood to save lives and belongings.

“I am worried about floods especially after the horrifying experience I had to go through during the earlier floods this year,” she said during an interview.

Wong said she managed to save her five children as the water-level rose very quickly and she lost everything including her personal documents such as her MyKad.

“The river is just behind our home and the currents during the flood are strong.

“I saw some villagers using a tractor to transport wheelchair-bound senior citizens to safe ground.

“Financial aid alone is not sufficient as we want to be alerted during an emergency especially floods,” the housewife added.

Another resident V. Subramaniam, 31, said he would start worrying about floods when monsoon season was near.

“December is coming and we have to prepare to shift our things to the higher ground.

“My wife and I will have to be extra cautious as we are concerned not just about our lives but also of a newborn baby,” he said.

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