The public is reminded to refrain from openly burning the flood waste, especially when it comes to furniture and clothing that was being destroyed by the floods.
According to Berita Harian, Pahang Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) director Sharudin Hamid said such actions could lead to uncontrolled fires and air pollution that causes harm to the residents.
He said their waste management companies, Alam Flora will be collecting the flood waste such as furniture, clothing and other equipment from respective houses.
Sharudin said the housing areas in several districts that are affected by the flood are now filled with various types of rubbish, and they are making efforts to evacuate the such wastes.
“SWCorp hopes the public who are in the areas affected by the floods to not set fire to the piles of flood waste.”
“I have instructed the concessionaires to increase the number of lorries and machinery to speed up the process of collecting damaged items. Furniture waste is the most commonly seen, followed by clothes and various other items.” he said.
Sharudin said there are several areas that were affected by the flood, including Taman Seri Inderapura, Kampung Telok Mahang, Taman Guru, Kampung Cendering and Bukit Rangin.
“I still can’t predict how much waste will be produced due to the floods but the amount is definitely humongous.”
“We are currently collecting data from all the districts involved in the floods,” he said.
He said they had conducted a survey in Taman Seri Inderapura on Saturday (25 December) and found that some residents in the area had set fire to the piles of waste collected, which then prompted the Alam Flora staff to stop them immediately.
Sharudin added that there are at least five piles of waste collected in the area that are ready to be collected by the concession company.