JOHOR BAHRU: Flash floods hit the city yesterday following heavy rain as well as high tide which further complicated the situation.
State housing and local government committee chairman Jafni Shukor said according to the irrigation and drainage department’s (DID) report, exceptionally heavy rain that started at 1.30pm continued until 5pm which surpassed a reading of 60mm, which is three times heavier than the normal reading of 10-20 mm.
“Yesterday, there was a high tide with waves rising between 2.7m and 2.9m in Selat Johor. As a result, the rainwater could not flow out into the sea, thus causing flash floods in several parts of the city.
“Though the DID had utilised all the water pumps to drain out rain water, the water level was so high that the efforts were fruitless,” he said after chairing a special team to mitigate flash floods at Menara Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru (MBJB), here last night.
“The situation saw 38 locations in the city affected by flash floods, especially Jalan Ayer Molek, Jalan Kolam Air, Kampung Mohd Amin, Jalan Yahya Awal, and Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru.”
Through the meeting, various initiatives and solutions were laid out to overcome the issue of flash floods in Greater Johor Bahru (JB) which comprises Johor Bahru, Iskandar Puteri, Pasir Gudang and Kulai.
Meanwhile, he said that the state government had allocated RM66.09 million to tackle floods in Greater JB next year compared with RM55.01 million allocated this year.