Selangor will soon have a flood warning system that can give 7-day advance notice and predict which areas are likely to be inundated, said the Selangor infrastructure and agriculture committee chairman Izham Hashim.
According to The Malaysian Insight, the flood warning system, which is being revamped, is expected to be ready by the end of this month.
“By the end of this month we will have a system that helps to predict floods seven days in advance, and the areas that will likely be most affected.”
“This will help us to prepare better and have rescue teams on alert,” he said.
Izham said Selangor had learnt from the devastating floods that hit many several parts of the peninsular in December. Over 70,000 people were evacuated and 54 were killed in the floods, with Selangor recorded 25 deaths.
Izham said this incident then led the state to review its flood management system.
Explaining further, he said some state personnel who were sent to handle the December floods found themselves trapped on highways or in their flooded homes too.
Hence, to prevent this problem from recurring, Izham said the state government is working on an automated system for waterway sluice gates. This automated system is said to enable action to be taken more swiftly.
“With an automated system for our water gates, we don’t need to send people to handle them manually, as this will take time.”
“We are currently working on this and we hope to get it done soon,” he said.
Meanwhile, he added the state has other initiatives including preparing more electricity generators for emergencies as power stations are often affected during floods.
“This stops our pumps and water gates from working, so the generators have to be in place beforehand to prevent that from happening.”
“We are now more experienced and committed to handling any sort of flood in the near future,” he said.
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