BALING: The government has been asked to take immediate action to curb the “cascading geological processes” that have been identified as the main cause of the recent floods such as the one on July 4.
Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said villagers, especially those living near Sungai Kupang, were still concerned about their safety and worried about a recurrence of floods.
“I do not want to blame anyone. I only want to find solutions. My people are still traumatised and many have asked to be relocated (following the July 4 floods),” he said.
“The state and federal governments have provided rental assistance and will build new houses for those who lost their homes, but others living along the river are also worried,” he said after providing aid to flood victims in Kampung Sadek here today.
He was commenting on yesterday’s announcement by the energy and natural resources ministry that concluded that the floods were caused by “cascading geological processes” of heavy rain, landslides, debris flows, floods and mud floods.
Azeez said he had received the findings summarised by the ministry regarding the incident, but still asked for an assurance on the safety status of residents at Sungai Kupang.
“If the ministry and the related departments have taken action and can ensure the area is safe, I will inform the villagers and convince them to repair their houses and continue to stay there.”
He also said that Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob had recently informed him that the government will prepare allocations and expedite flood mitigation projects in the district as well as the construction of a new bridge in Kampung Iboi.
The floods on July 4 affected 41 areas and caused three fatalities, including a pregnant 23-year-old woman.