KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has approved a RM50 million allocation for a flood mitigation project along Sungai Kedamaian, a major river on the west coast of the state.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Yahya Hussin told the state assembly today that the river had been affected by land erosion brought about by the earthquake that hit Ranau in 2015.
“Since 2015, the drainage and irrigation department (DID) has spent nearly RM9 million in federal allocation for small post-flood and river rehabilitation projects along the river.
“The project aims to reduce mud flood along the Sungai Kedamaian up to Sungai Abai, benefiting 30 villages,” he said in answer to a question from Kapayan assemblyman Edwin Bosi (Parti Anak Negeri Sabah).
Yahya added that the flood mitigation project on the river which runs through Kota Belud district, was currently at the value assessment level.
Meanwhile, flood mitigation projects worth RM20 million for Sungai Gurong Gurong is now at the offer stage and will be implemented soon.
Also being carried out is a project worth RM4.6 million to deepen the estuary of Sungai Abai, in order to enhance the river’s flow to the sea.
Yahya, who is also state agriculture and food industry minister, also touched on flood mitigation work in other districts of Sabah, which were badly affected by floods recently.
“In the Sepanggar area, the flood problem will be addressed by implementing flood mitigation projects through state and federal allocations.
“One such project is funded with a RM15 million state allocation to upgrade a 1.2km monsoon drain from Taman Bandar Sierra to the junction to Taman Putera Jaya.
“A federal allocation worth RM20 million has been approved under Rolling Plan 2 in the 11th Malaysia Plan for a flood mitigation project in Bandar Sierra at the Sungai Telipok basin in Kota Kinabalu,” he said.
He added that the DID is also carrying out several pre- and post-flood drainage emergency work in Tuaran.
“DID is also implementing two packages of an integrated river basin development project for Sungai Moyog which is set to benefit residents in the Penampang and Putatan districts,” Yahya said.
Many areas in Sabah were flooded in October, with the Kota Belud district being the worst hit.
Thousands of villagers were evacuated as a result of the floods, which experts said was caused by a combination of heavy rain together with debris and mud that had flowed into the Kadamaian river following the earthquake.