KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 – The Federal Lands Ministry will investigate the need to upgrade the existing flood early warning system to ensure people receive disaster information faster while saving lives and property .
His deputy minister, Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias, said the senior leadership of the ministry would hold a joint discussion with Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah on the matter.
“As the system could not guarantee that the floods would not happen again, we need other approaches and we may have to think about flood mitigation programs or improving the flow system of the river. water,” he said.
He was talking to reporters after doing a spot check at the landslide site in Section 6, Wangs Maju, after heavy rain yesterday here today.
According to Jalaluddin, he is considering a more organized drainage system project in Kuala Lumpur as well as setting up a committee to discuss short, medium and long term plans to ensure that yesterday’s massive flash floods do not not reproduce.
“Even though the flood is a natural disaster, the government, especially the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), would try to mitigate the situation,” he said.
In this regard, when asked about the Kampung Pasir Baru water retention pond which would not work and thus cause the flood waters to rise rapidly, he said that DBKL had been ordered to repair the facility in a one month period.
Jalaluddin who visited the pond yesterday said the system which has been damaged since last year should not have been overlooked and he is now awaiting a report from DBKL.
Six areas of central Kuala Lumpur were flooded yesterday after an hour-long heavy downpour last night. — Bernma