DID plans to create 6.8-hectare rainwater catchment lake to solve Samarahan flash floods

Rubiah (left) studying the drainage plan in Samarahan with an engineer.

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KOTA SAMARAHAN, Feb 24: The Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) is planning to create a 6.8-hectare lake as a rainwater catchment area to overcome flash flood issues.

Kota Samarahan MP Datuk Rubiah Wang said a total of RM6 million was approved and allocated under the Integrated Regional Samarahan Development Agency (IRSDA) for drainage works in Taman Samarindah and Jalan Muara Tuang.

This is part of the Flood Mitigation Project (RTB) implemented under the Sarawak Integrated River Basin Development Project (PLSB) with an overall allocation of RM150 million.

“Since the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11), the flood mitigation projects have started and now continued in RMK12 which covers 9 areas in Kuching and Kota Samarahan,” she said, according to a news report by the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas).

The ongoing drainage works at Samarahan.

Rubiah attended a briefing and discussion session on the implementation of the RTB at the Sarawak DID headquarters on Tuesday (Feb 22).

Also present were Stakan assemblyman Datuk Hamzah Brahim, Samarahan Division Resident Brahim Lumpu and DID Sarawak Director Ir Ahmad Denney Ahmad Fauzi. — DayakDaily