PENAMPANG: Priority will be given to the ongoing flood mitigation project to once and for all eradicate the recurrence of flash floods and landslides in the district.
“During our recent meeting with other relevant parties we agreed to prioritise the flood mitigation project,” said Senator Datuk John Ambrose.
“People have long been suffering whenever there is continuous heavy rain,” said Ambrose, who was recently tasked by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor to look into the problem.
He is assisted by District Officer Francis Chong to monitor the repair and maintanance works carried out by SESB and Water Department, among others.
Ambrose said promised Federal financial assistance would speed up rebuilding of damaged infrastructures, improve river flow, repair clogged drains and the irrigation system apart from providing personal and household assistance.
“Hajiji’s prompt action to extend RM1,000 cash to the affected 937 victims, specially those in badly hit Kg Sugud is gesture of his concern.
“This is the worst flash flood in 50 years in Penampang whereby some 13 landslides were recorded, 10 houses completely destroyed and dozens of vehicles damaged,” the Bersatu Penampang Division Chief said.
About 28 kampungs were affected and Kg Sugud was the worst hit.
Help from government departments and agencies, NGOs, GLCs, business sectors, groups and individuals from all walks of life continue to pour in and help in the cleaning.
He also commended SESB and the Water Department for doing their best to provide power and water supplies in the affected areas without much delay.
Cap: Ambrose with Penampang District Officer Francis Chong at ground zero: Top priority will be given to the ongoing flood mitigation project to save life and properties in the future. – DE