Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the government has agreed in principle to build more stormwater management and road tunnels (Smart tunnels) as a solution to mitigate floods in the Shah Alam, Selangor.
According to The Star, Ismail said this is part of a list of short and long-term measures to resolve flood issues nationwide suggested by the Environment and Water Ministry during a government disaster management committee meeting on Thursday (3 February).
“The meeting had also endorsed a host of proposals by the Environment and Water Ministry, including to upgrade, deepen and widen main rivers, to build more barriers and barrages.”
“There are also plans to develop settlement areas that are resilient like sponge cities in China.”
“All these proposals are comprehensive solutions to the flood problem and they involve not only allocations by the billions of ringgit but also a long time before they can materialise,” Ismail said, adding that the government will focus on high-risk areas first.
Other measures proposed include improving the flood siren and warning system at Drainage and Irrigation Department centres as well as monitoring via closed-circuit television (CCTV).
A flood forecast and warning system based on artificial intelligence would also be developed while some 100 weather observation stations would be upgraded.
Meanwhile, Ismail said he have directed authorities to ensure that urban planning takes into consideration flood risks.
He also emphasized that the “whole of society” approach must be translated into policies and that civil societies should be roped in to help in such situations.
“We will also strengthen the local community where community leaders will be tasked as first responders in a disaster,” he said.
The recent floods had caused damages of about RM6.1 billion due to the damage on public assets and infrastructure, houses, vehicles, business premises as well as the manufacturing and agriculture sectors.
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